Daily Charge: Chargers add new safety, J.J. Jones earns honor
By Travis Wakeman
With Jaylen Watkins officially placed on injured reserve, the Los Angeles Chargers have gone out and found a new safety.
Watkins was lost for the season to a torn ACL that was suffered in the team’s preseason win over the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night.
To help offset the loss, the team claimed safety Micah Hannemann off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. The undrafted free agent out of BYU had four career interceptions in college while playing both cornerback and safety. He appeared in both preseason games for the Browns this year.
He’ll likely see limited snaps the remainder of this preseason and may not play at all until the final preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, but if he can do enough in the time he has, he might be able to convince the team to keep him around on the practice squad.
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In other news, wide receiver J.J. Jones, who made a huge play in the game on Saturday night, was chosen as part of Pro Football Focus’ preseason team of the week for Week 2 of the exhibition season.
Jones landed on that team after returning a punt 72 yards for a touchdown against the Seahawks. It was the biggest play of the game and one that enhances Jones’ chances of making the 53-man roster.
Jones, an undrafted player out of West Georgia, put together a solid training camp and is in the mix to earn one of the final roster spots as the team continues to comb through its wide receiving corps, where the most difficult decisions will be made when it’s time to trim the roster from 90 players to 53.