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3 NFL Free Agent Fits That Make Sense Before Camp

  • The Draft Network
  • July 22, 2020
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There are plenty of good football players available on the open market that could make a meaningful impact on a team if given the opportunity. While players like Jadevon Clowney, Everson Griffen, Logan Ryan, and Larry Warford stand out in the available free agent pool, the list extends much further. 

With training camps across the league set to open in the near future, these three player-to-team combinations make a lot of sense. 

Los Angeles Chargers: Cordy Glenn, Offensive Tackle

The Chargers made a smart signing in Bryan Bulaga to anchor one of its tackle spots on the offensive line, but the starter opposite of him is likely to be either Sam Tevi or Trey Pipkins. Tevi is the incumbent and has been the Chargers’ primary starter in each of the last two seasons where he surrendered an astounding 101 pressures on the quarterback during that span. He’s proven to be a liability up front, but Los Angeles has failed to find a suitable replacement. While Pipkins has a chance to unseat him, his college film was littered with struggles at Sioux Falls and his forecast to a starting role in the NFL isn’t promising. 

Head coach Anthony Lynn knows first hand the caliber of play Cordy Glenn is capable of from their time together in Buffalo from 2015-2016. While injuries got in the way of Glenn becoming a fixture in Cincinnati following the trade from the Bills, he’s more than a worthy addition for the Chargers at this point in the offseason. With first-round rookie quarterback Justin Herbert likely to take the reins of the offense at some point this season, Glenn could instantly upgrade and solidify a starting spot up front for the Chargers. 

Detroit Lions: Marcel Dareus, Defensive Tackle 

Posting a 9-22-1 mark, Matt Patricia’s Lions have performed poorly in his first two seasons as head coach in Detroit. The most unsettling component of Patricia’s lack of success is how much the defense has struggled. Regarded as a defensive genius coming from New England under Bill Belichick, Patricia’s defense was ranked No. 31 in 2019 after spending two seasons accumulating the talent needed to run his scheme. Those efforts continued this offseason where Detroit added Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon, Reggie Ragland, Desmond Trufant, and Danny Shelton on the defensive side of the ball alone. 

Under considerable pressure to perform in what is believed to be a make-or-break season for Patricia, the depth chart still appears undermanned at the defensive tackle position among other places. Under these circumstances, bringing in a talent like Marcel Dareus makes a ton of sense. While Dareus’ best days are likely behind him, he’s still a stout run defender that is capable of controlling the line of scrimmage. He could pair with Shelton on the interior defensive line and help improve a unit that yielded 400 yards and 26 points per game on average in 2019. 

Tennessee Titans: Devonta Freeman, Running Back 

The identity of the Tennessee Titans is the power run game that is made possible by a physical offensive line and a bell-cow back in Derrick Henry. While most teams don’t subscribe to this offensive philosophy anymore, Tennessee rode it to the AFC Championship Game last season and are looking to go even further in 2020. 

For a team so reliant on running the football, the depth behind Henry is disappointing. While third-round pick Darrynton Evans has a bright future in the NFL, trusting him to become Henry’s primary backup is risky business. Evans is capable of serving as a change-of-pace back, but spelling Henry and making sure he is fresh for a deep postseason run is a tall order for him as a rookie. 

Considering Tennessee is a snap away from Evans being its featured back, bringing in a proven commodity like Devonta Freeman is logical. Freeman can ease the burden on both Henry and Evans while providing the Titans with an excellent receiving option out of the backfield.

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