Safety Quinton Teal was brought in during the preseason and was let go before the season. The team has decided to bring back Teal to add his talents on the special teams. Teal played in 44 games over three years with the Carolina Panthers, primarily on special teams, and recorded 26 tackles on those units.
The Chargers will also need to sign their fourth long snapper of the season this week. David Binn hurt his hamstring early in the season and the substitutes seemed to be like fine china. The latest long snapper, Ryan Neill, was seen on crutches on the sideline this week and was just placed on the IR. I won’t even try to learn the new long snapper’s name until he plays 2 full games or us. The Chargers signed Ethan Albright to be the new long snapper. Albright was named to the 2007 pro bowl and is nicknamed “The Red Snapper” due to his red hair.
Dante Hughes was also brought back in to help with the Special Teams unit. Hughes was a member of the Indianapolis Colts in 2007 and 2008 and totaled 22 tackles on special teams
We hope the Teal and Hughes can bring their experience to the special teams unit and help the younger players get into the right positions to make a play. They will add much needed relief and there may be other players moved into the special teams units. Hopefully we see Brandon Siler rejoin special teams and still contribute on defense. Siler has been a special teams star, but has been limited in that duty due to his added playing time on defense.
Lots of moves are being made and hopefully it adds up to a stronger special teams squad. A unit that is able to make plays for us and we will not be scared every chance we kick the ball. Come Sunday, the Chargers will get a sarcastic cheer from the fans if they are able to make a play on the kick returner. Let’s hope they hear that cheer!