Sep 9, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Damion Square (77) reacts after the Eagles recorded a safety against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
On November 3rd the San Diego Chargers picked up a recently released Defensive End named Damion Square. Square came to the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. He played 10 games for the Eagles, recording four tackles and one pass defensed, but the Eagles released the defensive end prior to the 2014 season and he was picked up by the Chiefs. The Chiefs, however, did not use him in the lineup before releasing him at the end of October. I did a lot of looking and I am not sure why the Chiefs released the lineman after only a little over a month, but their loss appears to be the Chargers gain as this kid is eager to please and looking to make some noise.
Stats: 6’ 2”, 293 pounds, 25 years old. Played college for Alabama and has played for the Philadelphia Eagles (2013) and Kansas City Chiefs (2014).
Square is a native of Houston and played college ball for Alabama alongside Chargers star D.J. Fluker. Fluker is happy to have his teammate back and had this to say, “He looks good in one-on-ones,” he said. “Damion is a hard worker and has always been a tenacious go-getter. He gets his job done. You never have to worry about him. He’ll do things to the best of his ability and he’ll get things done. It’s very weird being teammates with him again, and it’s great to have my brother back.”
Square is happy to be in San Diego and happy to have the opportunity to play with his friend again. “It’s big for me to be here because I think San Diego is one of the best cities America has to offer,” he said. “I’m excited to live here in this community with the atmosphere that California and San Diego has to offer. But most of all I’m excited to be in a place where they want to use me and someone of my talents. There are some great talented defensive linemen we have here across the front that I’m happy to join, and it’s great to be back with D.J. That’s my boy. I practiced against him for five years at Alabama, and I can honestly say I’m the player I am today, and I think he’s the player he is today, because we went after it at practice every day. I know I’m blessed to be an NFL player and be on this field.”
When Square played at Alabama he tore his right ACL in second game of the 2009 season. Then he came back strong and he finished his sophomore season with 27 tackles and 3 sacks. In his last two seasons he had a total of 65 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 2 pass deflections. Then, on July 19, 2012, before he started his senior season, he was selected to the preseason all-SEC second team. He played all 13 games in each season of his last three years.
I agree with D.J. Fluker, this kid has the drive, the tenacity and the desire to make a big impact on the line. I believe he is a fine addition to the San Diego Chargers and look forward to watching him help the Chargers defense become a stronger unit. He will get his first opportunity this Sunday when the 5-4 Chargers face their division rivals the 0-9 Oakland Raiders at home. Look out Derek Carr, there is a new Charger coming to get you!