Chargers linebacker Kavell Conner: Stepping in and stepping up

Linebacker Manti Te’o was not active when The Chargers squared off against San Francisco on Sunday.


To fill the void on defense, a rotation of players were used in the absence of the former second round pick.

One player in particular…was making his presence felt all over the field.


Backup linebacker Kavell Conner, turned in a dominant performance on defense Sunday afternoon as he registered seven solo tackles that led the defense. Conner, a former 7th round pick by The Colts in 2010, was yet another free agent brought in by the former team of General Manager Tom Telesco. 

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In four years for Indianapolis, Conner played 52 games recording 236 combined tackles, seven passes defended, two forced fumbles and a sack. Mainly a standout on special teams, the former Colt was praised for his versatility to contribute on defense.


“I’m a physical player” said Conner, when he signed with The Chargers back in March of this year. At 6’0 and 245lbs, Conner has a nose for the football and possesses great closing speed. His run stopping skills were on display Sunday afternoon as Conner helped contain San Francisco’s rushing attack to 45 yards in the first half.


Depth is a word that has been synonymous with both optimism and doubt for The Chargers this preseason. On Sunday, Conners performance showed that there is reason to believe that the Chargers (at least at the linebacker position) are deep.


In the NFL, when opportunities arise…some players swing and miss.


When It was Conners turn to step up. He got a hit…and he hit hard.



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  • rickochey

    I think he will take over Manti position. I think MT is average. MT reminds me of Zeke Moreno.

  • 21serg

    Man I really hope Te’o learns from and this and gets motivation from this he’s got what it takes to be a very good middle line backer he just needs to stay healthy and put it all too work

  • Raconteur

    I knew I wasn’t imagining it.
    My lying eyes were telling the truth…the defense looks better with Conner in for Te’o.

  • arnie

    If anything this could put walker an gachcar on the chopping block.

    • Nick Mansoor

      Walker is very versatile and a solid option for depth. Plus he is a special teams standout. He stays.

  • Bill Nichols

    Manti is going to be just fine, no bust here people, just be patient. Conner on the other hand, looks to be yet another great addition made by our Clark Kent GM Tom Telesco. Man it was awesome seeing all of those lightening bolts flying around everywhere. Hate to say it, but no way do we save a slot for Brad this year. Besides Clemons is one hell of a back up QB, I bet the Rams are second guessing that move big time right about now….. Bolts gonna reach out and shock some mofo’s this year……!!!

  • E

    Love what I saw from Conner and I hope he gets opportunities in the regular season. But what in the world is with the overuse of ellipses (…) in this article?

    • Stefanie Smith

      Why would you care about how many ellipses are in the article?

  • Nick Mansoor

    Manti needs to step up when he gets back into the field. We can’t afford anymore draft busts