The Chargers would have targeted a high-level veteran in defense


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The Los Angeles Chargers have made moves that will put their defense on par with their offense.

To bolster that unit, they brought in defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day, linebacker Khalil Mack and former Defensive Player of the Year JC Jackson.

These additions should significantly improve a defense that finished 23rd in total yards allowed and 30th in rushing yards surrendered per game.

The Chargers defense also gave up 27 points per game, the third-worst of last season.

But as NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport revealed, the Chargers aren’t done tinkering with their roster just yet.

Rapoport tweeted, “Source: #Patriots, LB veteran free agent Kyle Van Noy meets #Chargers. If all goes well, chances are he will sign. A potential big addition to Brandon Staley’s defense.

The New England Patriots released Van Noy, offering them $4.1 million in cap savings.

The BYU linebacker has been a major contributor in New England’s last two Super Bowl victories.

Last season, he served his second stint with the Patriots after signing a two-year, $12 million contract.

Van Noy will be a great addition for loaders

Imagine having Mack and Van Noy in the same linebacking rotation.

This duo could create problems for the opposing attacks, especially due to Van Noy’s ability to cover the roads when passing.

They could also rush the quarterback if Joseph-Day or Joey Bosa draw double teams of offensive linemen.

Van Noy had his best season in his only year with the Miami Dolphins.

He played 81% of snaps, had 51 quarterback pressures and scored a touchdown after a fumble recovery.

This happened in 2020 and Van Noy is able to repeat or improve on this performance.




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