The Chargers needed some depth at the linebacker position with the injuries to Jyles Tucker, Larry English and Shawne Merriman, so they signed LB Nate Triplett. Triplett was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 5th Round and played college ball in Minnesota.
Triplett is only expected to contribute on the practice squad at this time. He will need to remain on call as the Chargers linebackers have been dropping like flies.
Here is a quick scouting report from the Minneosta Vikings site:
Triplett is a big, strong inside linebacker who started for only one season in college. He was very productive in 2009, but his athleticism and lack of experience is a concern at the next level. He is best between the tackles attacking the line of scrimmage. He doesn’t have great quickness, speed or range inside-out to the ball. Triplett is inconsistent leveraging the ball in space, and the further away from the line of scrimmage he is, the less effective he becomes. He is an effective inside run blitzer, providing power to push the pocket, but he is a liability as a man-coverage defender. Triplett was a good college football player in 2009, but athletic limitations might relegate him to a backup roll in the NFL.
Triplett is tall and plays bigger than his listed weight. Strong player who is stout against the run and makes plays between the tackles. High-motor player who uses a powerful bull rush to collapse the pocket. Possesses a mean streak and fights to the whistle every play.
Does not have the speed and lateral agility to consistently make plays outside the tackle box and stick in coverage. Struggles to locate the ball and takes too many false steps in pursuit. Lacks a strong punch and the hand technique to quickly shed blocks. Fails to deliver good shots tackling and does not always wrap.
- The Chargers also brought in LB Cyril Obiozor from the Arizona Cardinals Practice Squad. He was an undrafted free agent last season.
- earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors as a senior at Texas A&M after he led the defensive line with a career-high 45 tackles, making 6½ of them behind the line of scrimmage
- A defensive end for the Aggies, made the transition to outside linebacker in the Packers’ 3-4 scheme.
- The Chargers also brought back DB Dante Hughes.
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