|Smith Joins Chargers|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Wednesday, 31 July 2013 08:54|
It didn't take long for linebacker D.J. Smith to find a new home. Just one day after he was released by the Green Bay Packers on April 24 for failing a physical, the former Appalachian State University
All-America landed with the San Diego Chargers.
Smith was claimed by the Chargers, giving him a new start after finding out a day before the National Football League Draft that the Packers no longer wanted him.
The Chargers claimed Smith, on April 25, despite the fact he's recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a medial collateral ligament suffered in Week 6 against the Houston Texans last season.
Smith isn't able to do any football activities, but the Chargers thought enough of him to claim him without even meeting with him. The 24-year-old Smith started the first six games for the Packers at middle linebacker before the season-ending injury. Smith has notched 82 tackles in 22 regular-season games (nine starts) since the entering the league as a sixth-round pick of Green Bay in 2011. Smith will probably start the season on the physically unable to perform list.
The Chargers, like the Packers, employ a 3-4 front, and the 5-11, 239-pound Smith projects inside in San Diego’s scheme. Smith is also the third former ASU player to land in San Diego.
Strong safety Corey Lynch, a runner-up for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the best defensive player in the nation in the Football Championship Series, played for the Chargers last season. He appeared in 16 games and made 47 tackles with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Lynch is currently an unsigned free agent. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the NFL Draft (177th pick) in 2008.
Defensive back De'Andre Presley is currently a member of the Miami Dolphins. He was signed by the Chargers last spring after he wasn't selected in the NFL Draft in 2012. The Chargers released him after the preseason, but the Dolphins picked him up and placed him on their practice squad.
Presley was promoted to special teams on October 3 last year.
He signed a two-year deal (worth $1.05 million) with the Dolphins on January 1, and will be a restricted free agent in 2015. Presley appeared in four games for the Dolphins in 2012.
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