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Chargers work deals with 20 undrafted free agents

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The Chargers have been among the NFL’s most active teams when it comes to rookie free-agent signings. Michel Gehlken of the Union-Tribune San Diego has a list of 2o additions. They are:

Applachian State cornerback DeAndre Presley, Arizona State receiver Mike Willie, Arkansas cornerback Greg Gatson, Cal safety Sean Cattouse, Fresno State defensive end Logan Harrell, Houston running back Mike Hayes, LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee, Mississippi State guard Cordell Bell, Mississippi Valley State receiver Paul Cox, Montana guard/tackle Charles Burton, Oklahoma State receiver Hubert Anyiam, Rice punter Kyle Martens, South Carolina receiver Jason Barnes, Tennessee long snapper Nick Guess, Texas A&M defensive tackle Eddie Brown, UCF linebacker Josh Linam, UCLA guard/tackle Mike Harris, UCLA receiver Taylor Embree, UNLV receiver Phillip Payne, and USC defensive tackle Christian Tupou.

UPDATE: The Chargers also signed San Jose State fullback Mohamed Marah, bringing their UDFA total to 21.

Logan Harrell and Jarrett Lee stand out among the group. A defensive end at Fresno State, Harrell amassed 34.5 career tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks as a two-year starter. Harrell’s godfather happens to be former Los Angeles Rams Hall of Famer Jack Youngblood.

Lee (pictured) quarterbacked the LSU Tigers to a 9-0 record to open the 2011 season. Late in the year, Lee was benched for Jordan Jefferson, whose dreadful performance against Alabama played a large role in LSU’s BCS title loss.

Jefferson also went undrafted and has not been signed.

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18 Responses to “Chargers work deals with 20 undrafted free agents”
  1. kindbass says: Apr 29, 2012 4:18 PM

    Is this normal or is this something new? I don’t remember teams ever signing 20+ UFAs the day after the draft.

  2. jenniferxxx says: Apr 29, 2012 4:22 PM

    Wow. How badly do you suck when you bring in 21 players.

  3. patriots123456 says: Apr 29, 2012 4:22 PM

    Sounds like a lot of mouths to feed at training camp.

    Ever see one of these guys eat? Don’t pick up the check. LOL

  4. ia517 says: Apr 29, 2012 4:33 PM

    Are you guys dumb? Every team brings in between 15-25 UDFA every year

  5. jagerbolt says: Apr 29, 2012 4:38 PM

    The ‘AJ Smith is on the Hot Seat Free Agent Extravanganza’ continues!

    Best of luck to the rookies!

  6. dansnyder says: Apr 29, 2012 4:38 PM

    The camp roster was increased from 80 to 90 players for this season. Teams need to fill out their rosters, expect to see more signings by all teams both UDFA and guys who were cut from other teams as teams try to meet the cap.

  7. 28skins28 says: Apr 29, 2012 4:44 PM

    the nfl’s off season roster was recently expanded to add 10 more players. this is the reason for so many udfa signings.

  8. VegasKJ says: Apr 29, 2012 4:46 PM

    I’m guessing it has something to do with casting a wide net and hoping one of these cheap contracts pans out.

    A.J. Smith working his (post) draft magic…

  9. majbobby says: Apr 29, 2012 4:56 PM

    Figure each team will be signing more than normal years with the camp roster size now 90

  10. r0b1b0y says: Apr 29, 2012 5:05 PM

    J.Jefferson signed with TB Bucs

  11. no1draftpick says: Apr 29, 2012 5:45 PM

    Jarrett Lee will be the next Matt Flynn in a couple of years. While Jordan Jefferson will be the next Aaron Brooks!

  12. johanneschimpo says: Apr 29, 2012 6:00 PM

    dansnyder says: Apr 29, 2012 4:38 PM

    The camp roster was increased from 80 to 90 players for this season. Teams need to fill out their rosters, expect to see more signings by all teams both UDFA and guys who were cut from other teams as teams try to meet the cap.
    —————–
    ^This.

  13. jeziyo247 says: Apr 29, 2012 7:18 PM

    What are the chances of all of them being a bust?

  14. hedleykow says: Apr 29, 2012 7:37 PM

    Maybe they should explore undrafted free agent head coaches. What do they have to lose?

  15. usmutts says: Apr 29, 2012 7:38 PM

    I sure hope Jarrett Lee makes the final roster and is given a fair chance to play his way up the ladder. That he wasn’t even given the chance to play in the BCS game, after all he did to get them through the season undefeated, should have cost Les Miles his job, considering how incompetent his use of Jefferson was and how humiliating it was for Lee.

  16. realdealsteel says: Apr 29, 2012 7:48 PM

    Most of these guys are just bodies for camp.

  17. Sinan says: Apr 30, 2012 1:12 AM

    This article is not great, but the names gave me some time to do some research….Logan Harrell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a42W5ObLXAQ) and Lee from LSU are just bodies for the most part but I was impressed with these two guys:
    Cal safety Sean Cattouse – This guy’s videos on youtube actually look good, but because we have so many safeties on the roster he might end up on the practice team….
    Also, this guy might be the dime in the rough here: Houston running back Mike Hayes- This guy reminds me of Sproles so much and he can take a hit and bounce around…..He might be the one that stands out out of all of them….my 2 cents

  18. espnfeedback says: Apr 30, 2012 11:49 AM

    To @NO1drapick:
    Actually if you read the record Aaron Brooks is far more similar to Matt Flynn this ar in Flynns fledgling career.
    In 1999, Brooks began his career as a third-string backup to Brett Favre in GB!

    FA to New Orleans Saints.
    For Brooks, the high point in his career with the Saints came very early. In the 2000 season, his first with the franchise, Brooks took over as starting quarterback after Jeff Blake was knocked out with a broken foot in the team’s 11th game. Brooks led the team to a 3-2 record in his 5 starts, and an overall 10-6 record (improving on their 3-13 record of 1999), winning the NFC West championship. Brooks threw nine touchdowns and six interceptions in eight games and five starts in the regular season for an 85.7 quarterback rating. In the playoffs, the Saints defeated the DEFENDING SB CHAMPIONS St. Louis Rams, 31-28…..The Saints were without their star running back (Ricky Williams) and lost their best receiver (Joe Horn) early in the game, but Brooks threw FOUR TD PASSES to lead the Saints to their FIRST PLAYOFF WIN IN FRANCHISE HISTORY!!!!! The Saints then went on to lose to the Minnesota Vikings, 34-16, to end their season with an overall 11-7 record.
    In 2001, the Saints only went 7-9, ending in a four game losing streak. In these last four games of the season with Brooks at the helm, the Saints would be outscored by more than 100 points, 160-52. Although Brooks did manage to throw a then FRANCHISE RECORD 26 touchdowns and an overall career best 3,832 passing yards in his first full season as a starting quarterback, his consistency came into question as he also threw for a still standing franchise record 22 interceptions.
    In 2002, Brooks helped lead the Saints to a 6-2 record and guided an offense that averaged 32 points a game through the first half of the season before the team imploded in the second half. The Saints proceeded to go to a pedestrian 3-5 to finish the season.
    2003 was statistically Brooks’ most efficient year as a passer, as he compiled an 88.8 Quarterback Rating, a 3:1 touchdown to interception ratio (24 touchdowns to eight interceptions), and a 59.1 percent completion percentage, all career bests.
    In 2004, after a 4-8 start, Brooks led the Saints on a four game winning streak to finish the season, reaching the brink of the playoffs, but tiebreakers involving the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings did the Saints in. Brooks, though, was key to two of their victories in the four game winning streak, converting a key 4th and 12 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through a 13-yard (12 m) scramble to keep the game winning touchdown drive alive, and also by posting a 102.1 Quarterback Rating and no interceptions against the Carolina Panthers at the end of the season. Overall as a passer, Brooks regressed, as he threw for twice as many interceptions as the year before with 16. This would also be the final year Brooks would throw for more than 3,000 yards (2,700 m), at 3,810.

    In New Orleans, Brooks became one of the NFL’s leaders in game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime with 16 (behind only Tom Brady), including five in 2004. Brooks took over as the starter in 2000 in relief of the injured Jeff Blake in Week 11 (vs. Oakland), he started the following week and took every starting snap until the last month of the 2005 season, when he was benched. Brooks played in 72 regular-season games with the Saints, including starting the last 69 contests. His 441 passing yards vs. Denver was the highest single-game total in franchise history until Drew Brees surpassed it while throwing for 510 yds on November 19, 2006. Brooks also has the distinction of being the only Saints quarterback to rush for over 100 yds in a contest (108 vs. San Francisco). In 2004, Brooks set club marks for attempts (60) and completions (34) in a contest.

    Brooks was not a great QB. Thats not the debate. But considering he was brought in to revive the most moribund franchise in NFL history at the time, his numbers are absolutely respectable. AARON BROOKS WAS NO BUM!!!

    ….Furthermore HE was the QB of the SAINTS who had to deal with the immediate after affects, the displacement, ownership waffling and the bizare scheduling and slow response by the NFL. of what can be considered a natural disaster of biblical proportions(Katrina) that wrecked and deceinated an entire region of this country, let alone an NFL football team.
    DO Ya Homework!!!

    @ESPNfeedback

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