On Tuesday afternoon, the Chargers made the announcement that they officially placed linebacker Drue Tranquill on IR, In a corresponding move, the Bolts are promoting linebacker Asmar Bilal, and fellow former Notre Dame defender, to the active roster.
we've promoted Asmar Bilal to the active roster and placed Drue Tranquill on injured reserve pic.twitter.com/Sttip9YDYD— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) September 15, 2020
Bilal was one of the original 19 undrafted free agents signed by the Chargers following this year’s draft. At 6’2 and 230 pounds, he’s exactly the type of linebacker mold that Gus Bradley likes to have at the WILL backer spot.
As a fifth-year senior for the Fighting Irish, Bilal finished with 79 total tackles and 10 tackles-for-loss, and a fumble recovery.
The athletic linebacker was unfortunately one of the many players who was hurt by the aftermath of the pandemic that forced just about every school to cancel their pro days earlier this year.
Bilal was expected to test very well and was regarded as an A+ athlete at his position. While he may not see any significant playing time, he’ll likely take Nick Vigil’s spot on special teams with the veteran slated for more playing time on defense.