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Chargers 90-in-90: TE Matt Seybert

Seybert joins another former Spartan tight end in hopes of landing a role with the Bolts.

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Matt Seybert is a native of Traverse City, Michigan where he prepped at St. Francis High School. During his time there, he was a three-letter winner in football, basketball, and baseball. He earned all-conference honors as a junior.

Coming out of high school, Seybert was initially committed to play for the University of Buffalo. After redshirting at UB, he decided to transfer closer to home and attend Michigan State. Per NCAA transfer rules, he was forced to sit out the entire 2016 season.

His sophomore season in 2017 was highlighted by five games in which he received playing time, which included just 36 total snaps on offense. He recorded no statistics that year. In 2018, Seybert made the transition from tight end to defensive end but only saw time in three games on special teams.

Following his time at MSU, Seybert landed with the Conquerors of The Spring League. In his time with the team, he caught three passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns.

On June 18, Seybert was one of four players from The Spring League to sign with the Chargers.

Basic Info

Height: 6’4
Weight: 252
College: Michigan State
Experience: 0
Years with team: 0

Contract Status

“Matt Seybert signed a 3 year, $2,425,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including an average annual salary of $808,333. In 2021, Seybert will earn a base salary of $660,000, while carrying a cap hit of $660,000.” - Spotrac.com

The Good

Seybert put together a very strong pro-day performance following his senior season. He repped the bench press 25 times, clocked a 7.01 in the three-cone drill, and ran his 40-yard dash between 4.69-4.74 at 250+ pounds.

Seybert’s perseverance is also something to be admired as the former walk-on at MSU went on to earn a scholarship while also switching positions for an entire season late in his career.

The Bad

Seybert only saw legitimate time on offense during his senior year in 2019. He also spent the season prior in a completely different position. Compared to other players at the position currently on the Chargers, his presumed progression at the position is pretty far behind the rest of the room.

Like the rest of the Spring League players, COVID disrupted Seybert’s option for potential workouts with NFL teams which forced him to take the path he did up to this point.

Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2021?

Seybert must fight through a solid position room to have a shot at sticking around with the team and coincidentally one of the players in his way of a potential practice squad spot is a former teammate of his at Michigan State, Matt Sokol. In the end, I believe Sokol’s experience with the team will be what keeps him above Seybert in the end.