Between the draft and the process that followed in which teams signed undrafted free agents, the Los Angeles Chargers brought in three new safeties. One of those was Roderic Teamer out of Tulane.
The idea of bringing in several new safeties was expected this offseason, especially after the team chose to move on from veteran Jahleel Addae. That left Derwin James, Adrian Phillips, Jaylen Watkins and Rayshawn Jenkins as the only safeties on the roster.
Nasir Adderley was drafted in the second round and there is another level of excitement surrounding him and what he can do.
Teamer will have to make the team by going the undrafted route. He was a starter in all four of his seasons for the Green Wave after attending high school in New Orleans. He finished his college career with 198 total tackles, four sacks and three interceptions.
But what can he bring to the Chargers?
The Bolts seem to have five solid safeties in place and it’s hard to envision the team keeping more than that on their final roster. However, if one undrafted rookie has made an impression so far, it’s Teamer, who made multiple interceptions in the team’s mandatory minicamp.
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Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley had high praise for the hard-hitting safety when he spoke to Chris Hayre of the team’s official website.
“We have a free agent that’s making a lot of plays right now out there. He seems to be around the ball quite a bit. That’s what you hope to see, the guys that understand the defense so that you can see their instincts.”
Chance to make final roster (1-10 scale): 2
There are simply too many players in front of Teamer on the depth chart for him to be able to make this roster. Even if he has a tremendous camp on special teams, it will likely just land him on the practice squad. However, catching the eye of Bradley and other players on the team bodes well for him, at least in that capacity.
Having a 20 percent chance of making the 53-man roster is not great, but I would give him an 80-90 percent chance of earning a spot on the practice squad and being able to continue his playing career that way and perhaps being a guy the team could draw on as early as next season.