Aug 23, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Brian Leonard (40) finds a hole for a first down as Green Bay Packers linebacker DJ Smith (51) attempts to make a tackle during the pre-season game at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-USA TODAY Sports

Info On The New Chargers Signing LB DJ Smith

Flying under the radar yesterday, the Chargers signed a middle backer to add to the depth onto the roster. The Chargers signed former Green Bay Packers LB DJ Smith.

Here is a little info from Lombardi Ave editor Ray Rivard on the new dude in town:

DJ Smith has a great work ethic, but at 5-11 was considered short in comparison to others at the inside linebacker position. However, his play, while limited over the past couple of years, was productive. He was the type of player who had a nose for the ball and made ball carriers quickly learn who he was. Though not known as a hard hitter, he was always a sure tackler and there were very few times that I, personally, can remember calling him out for missed tackles. It was unfortunate he got hurt last year so early in the season. He had worked himself into the starting lineup after Desmond Bishop got hurt and was just starting to get into a groove when he went down. Had it not been for that injury and the fact that the Packers re-signed Brad Jones and A.J. Hawk to new contracts, that he would still be with the team.

Overall, he was the blue collar-type player who the Packers have liked at the position over the years. Frankly, I was somewhat shocked when they announced that they waived him. You can never have enough quality players at the linebacker position and I thought Smith fit in well with the team. Even if he hadn’t been a starter, he was a good player off the bench and was a valuable special teamer. Clearly, the Packers had other plans and they didn’t involve Smith. I think the Chargers got a solid player who can contribute right away for them – that is if he stays healthy. — Ray Rivard, Lombardi Ave

He will give us depth at linebacker. He still should only be depth. We need a starter on the offense to play in the middle.

Could we be looking in the middle rounds to fill that hole?

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