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Former Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston arrived in San Diego on Monday. The Los Angeles Chargers worked him out in hopes of adding a veteran safety. The safety position has been in a state of flux since the departure of Eric Weddle last season. The team did take a step toward remedying the situation in their latest draft when they tapped Rayshawn Jenkins out of the University of Miami in the fourth round.

Boston has been making the rounds as he looks for a new team. He’s already completed a stops in Pittsburgh. He’s been documenting his travels on his Twitter page, @TreBos10:

 

Boston was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Standing 6″1′-inches tall and weighing in at 205 lbs., Boston is the blend of experience and youth (he’s 24-years old) Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco craves. Arriving in San Diego on Monday, Boston ran into a former Chargers standout cornerback and Pro Bowler Antonio Cromartie. He then tweeted out this photo:

Boston accumulated 108 tackles (77 solo), ten passes defensed, three interceptions, two sacks and two touchdowns in his three seasons in Carolina. He’s a playmaker on the rise who would be a great addition to Defensive Coordinator Gus Bradleys’ defense.

The safety left San Diego after his physical and workout Tuesday and now is weighing his options between Pittsburgh, Buffalo and LA per his most recent tweet Tuesday afternoon:

Where will Boston be shipping off to? Stay tuned…

 

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The San Diego Chargers secured the future of the tight end position with their selection of Arkansas Razorbacks All-American, John Mackey Award-winning stud Hunter Henry in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Henry is tabbed as the heir apparent to Hall-of-Fame bound Antonio Gates. As we all know, injuries are a very real thing in pro football. The Chargers have been decimated by injuries season after season. Unfortunately, not all high draft picks pan out.

One can never be too prepared.

With the first two slots on the depth chart filled, the challenge of finding a solid third tight end will be an interesting camp battle to watch. Stepping up to the challenge are:

1. Asante Cleveland, a second-year pro out of the University of Miami.

2. Jeff Cumberland, a seventh-year pro who spent his first six seasons with the New York Jets.

3. Sean McGrath, a second-year pro out of Henderson State.

4. Matt Weiser, an undrafted free agent rookie out of the University of Buffalo.

One of the biggest long shots in the field is literally the biggest of the entire group. While the aforementioned four players all average a stout 6’5″, 250-pounds, Tim Semisch stands 6’8″, 267-pounds.

Semischs’ pro career began with the Miami Dolphins where he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015. After toiling away on the Dolphins’ practice squad he was released in November and signed to the Chargers’ practice squad in December.

Semisch signed a futures contract in January 2016 and will be competing for a spot on the 53-man roster. Semisch played his college ball at Northern Illinois University. While he’s not fast (ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 at NIU’s pro day), his height, length and versatility will be features that make him a viable candidate as a possible third tight end or special teams.

In a pre-draft interview, Semisch explained that at NIU he was able to take advantage of his size advantage, be a good pass catcher or blocker, can rush the passer if needed and he also became a good long snapper. He stated his desire to play wherever is necessary to make the team.

While he was used primarily as a blocker he did show the ability to make big plays in the passing game, as evidenced in the video clip below. In three seasons he caught a grand total of ten passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. If he makes the 53-man roster with Rivers throwing him the ball, he’s likely to eclipse those numbers in one game.

 

Follow Tim on Twitter: @TDSemisch82

Here’s to rooting for the underdog and unearthing more diamonds in the rough! Good luck Mr. Semisch.

 

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The sorest spot of the Bolts’ 2014 campaign was the offensive line. Today, Tom Telesco has started to restore it by signing former Denver Bronco’s offensive tackle Orlando Franklin.

It was reported just a few days ago that Franklin planned to sign with San Diego, according to multiple sources. The signing has finally been made official. He reunites with head coach Mike McCoy, who was the Broncos’ offensive coordinator during his first two seasons.

Franklin (27) brings an incredible amount of talent to a diminished offensive line. He played right tackle his first three seasons with the Broncos, but was shifted to guard last year in order to adjust to recent team changes. Standing at 6,7” and weighing 320 pounds, he has the physical features needed to protect Philip Rivers. Franklin’s pass blocking efficiency rating was 98.6 which was 2nd highest of all guards in 2014. Furthermore, his abilities will also be utilized in the attempt to mend the run game.

In 2012, Franklin allowed the fewest sacks (3.5) in the NFL along with his 16-game starts. He has only missed one game of his four years in the league. It’s only right that he was brought in considering the Bolts are in desperate need of some consistency on the offensive front.

The exact contract details are unknown yet, but according to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union Tribune, Franklin’s contract is reported to be a 5-year, $20 million guaranteed deal. The longevity of the offensive line just vastly increased.

Franklin is originally from Kingston, Jamaica. When he was three he moved to Canada, but then moved to Florida during his junior year of high school. He attended and played football at the University of Miami where he obtained a few accolades including: 2010 UMiami Sports Hall of Fame Unsung Hero Award and 2010 All-ACC Second team.

If this is what Tom Telesco can do in free agency with spending capability, all I can say is “wow”. Let’s not forget that Peyton Manning may need a new pair of pants after finding out he no longer has his stud pass protector. Let’s welcome Orlando Franklin to the San Diego Chargers.

 

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