The Los Angeles Chargers made a few moves in their roster last weekend.
On Sunday, the Bolts signed quarterback Geno Smith to a one-year contract.
Smith was drafted in the second round by the New York Jets in 2013 and was the team’s starter during his first two years. He played sparingly for the Jets in 2015 and 2016, and appeared in two games for the New York Giants last season.
Smith, who played his college football at West Virginia, has completed 59.7 percent of his passes during his NFL career, passing for over 6,100 yards, with 29 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.
He is expected to compete for the backup role behind starter Philip Rivers, who will enter his 15th season as the team’s starting quarterback this year.
On Friday, the team signed defensive back Jaylen Watkins, who spent the past four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 5-foot, 11-inch, 194-pound Watkins played in 12 of the Eagles 16 regular-season games in 2017, starting one, making 17 tackles.
He also played in all three of the Philadelphia’s postseason games, including three snaps on defense and 17 on special teams in their 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Watkins was chosen by the Eagles in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Florida, the 101st overall selection. He played in four games as a rookie, was cut nine days before the start of the 2015 season, spent 2 1/2 months on the Buffalo Bills practice squad, then was re-signed by the Eagles.
Watkins played all 16 games in 2016, starting four and made 32 tackles.
Expect more roster moves from the Chargers as they head into the 2018 NFL Draft in late April. The Chargers have the 17th pick in the first round.
— City News Service
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