LA Chargers: 3 free agent blocking tight ends to replace Virgil Green
3. Demetrius Harris
The LA Chargers get someone who can help in all three phases in Demetrius Harris
Demetrius Harris is not someone who has necessarily excelled in his run blocking or his pass blocking but he was certainly good in both for the Chicago Bears last season. Harris posted a 68.6 run-blocking grade and a 65.3 pass-blocking grade.
Those are both fairly solid. He did not get much playing time, only playing 33 pass-blocking snaps and 106 run-blocking snaps, but he did well with the time he did receive — especially in special teams.
This is what instantly makes Harris jump off the page and could be the main reason for the LA Chargers pursuing him. Harris was the best tight end in the NFL in special teams last season, as least as far as PFF is concerned.
Harris posted an incredible 90.3 special teams grade last season, mostly spending time on the kickoff and punt units. The Chargers are a team that obviously struggled immensely in special teams, as adding any minor pieces could be huge.
I really like Stephen Anderson and think that he could be a component on offense, but he was not good in special teams. A signing like this may allow the Chargers, assuming they re-sign Anderson of course, to get more playing time in the actual offense and not focus so much on special teams.
It seems minor, but it is the seemingly minor moves like this, made over time, that fix an existing problem.