One of the needs the Chargers didn’t address during this year’s draft was depth along the interior defensive line. Behind the likes of Linval Joseph, Jerry Tillery, and Justin Jones, the support is almost non-existent. And let’s be honest, it’s not like either Tillery or Jones have been setting the world on fire early in their careers.
On Monday morning, the Bolts signed former Cowboys and Bengals defensive tackle Christian Covington in an attempt to shore up the group. Covington started 14 games a year ago in Cincinnati and finished with a career-high 39 tackles. However, he failed to record a single sack or tackle for loss for the first time in his six-year career.
Over his first five seasons, spanning four years with Houston and one in Dallas, Covington totaled 8.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
At 6’2 and 305 pounds, Covington has the potential to provide depth at all three positions. Before his signing, the depth included only Cortez Broughton and Breiden Fehoko. The former being primary depth behind Tillery and Jones and Fehoko being the lone backup at nose. Now, the Bolts can relax knowing they are hurting for extra bodies any longer.
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And now for today’s links.
Duke Manyweather discusses the special pairing of Rashawn Slater and Justin Herbert (Chargers.com)
Six things to know about new Charger Christian Covington (Chargers Wire)
Three Chargers whose stock rose after the draft (Bolt Beat)
Predicting the 2021 running back room (Bolt Beat)
Experts debate the 2021 NFL draft (ESPN)
Tim Tebow expected to sign with Jaguars soon (ESPN)
Check out the NFL All-Paid team of 2021 (NFL.com)
KJ Hamler and Patrick Surtain II choose their numbers for 2021 (NFL.com)
Davante Adams is behind Aaron Rodgers with whatever he chooses to do (Pro Football Talk)
Early 2022 mock draft (CBS Sports)