Chargers get a boost from Square
Square was re-signed in part for his energy and leadership as the Chargers looked to go younger at the defensive tackle position after they drafted Justin Jones and Jerry Tillery in back-to-back years. The team needed him to serve as a veteran mentor to the two young bulls, but he’s also played very well over the last few years when given the chance to take on more significant snaps. In Chicago, he provided a nice boost to the Chargers up the middle and ended up playing 60 total snaps.
In the end, Square played like the best interior defensive lineman for the Chargers on Sunday. He finished tied for fourth on the team in total tackles with six. He played with great energy all game long, getting good push off the snap and was quite disruptive. One of the more underrated aspects of Square’s game is his ability to snuff out screens and ensure they don’t go for a chunk play. He snuffed out quite a few screen plays on Sunday, one of which came in the red zone before the end of the first half. That was a key play, as the Chargers were later able to hold them to zero points on that drive as time expired.
Once the team’s other defensive tackles return from injury, hopefully sooner rather than later, Square does provide with the team some quality depth up front.