The Los Angeles Chargers made moves that will put their defense at the same level as their offense.
Those 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 last season.
But as NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport revealed, the Chargers are not yet done tinkering with their roster.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 5, 2022
Rapoport tweeted, “Source: #Patriots veteran free agent LB Kyle Van Noy is meeting with the #Chargers. If all goes well, there is a good chance he signs. A potential important addition to Brandon Staley’s defense.”
The New England Patriots released Van Noy, giving them $4.1 million in cap savings.
The linebacker from BYU was a significant contributor during New England’s last two Super Bowl victories.
Last season, he had his second tour of duty with the Patriots after signing a two-year, $12 million deal.
Van Noy Will Be A Great Addition For The Chargers
Imagine having Mack and Van Noy in the same linebackers rotation.
That duo could create problems for opposing offenses, especially because of Van Noy’s ability to cover routes during passing plays.
They could also rush the quarterback if Joseph-Day or Joey Bosa attracts double teams from offensive linemen.
Van Noy had his best season during his lone year with the Miami Dolphins.
He played 81 percent of the snaps, had 51 quarterback pressures, and scored a touchdown off a fumble recovery.
That happened in 2020 and Van Noy is capable of repeating or improving from that performance.