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Chargers linebacker Kavell Conner: Stepping in and stepping up

By Jake Hefner

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. 

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.