Insider Report: Titus Adams

Looking to bolster depth on the defensive line, the Chargers have claimed defensive end Titus Adams off waivers from the New York Giants. To learn more about what kind of impact Adams will have, SDBoltReport.com checks in with Nebraska team expert Steve Ryan, who scouted Adams closely during his four years as a Cornhusker.

It is ironic that the Chargers released one defensive end from Nebraska to make room for another; Titus Adams and Barry Cryer played together during the 2005 season. The Bolts made the switch because of Adams' additional experience and size, as he is 2' taller and 25 pounds heavier than Cryer.

Steve Ryan of the Big Red Report had the following to say about Adams:

He's a good kid, always worked hard. Physically, his quickness is his main asset. I wouldn't consider him a real run-stuffing lineman, say a nose in a 3-4 alignment. He's got really good quickness, though, for his size. His lateral movement isn't bad and he's a pretty smart player. He'll never match someone like John Parella for sheer presence inside the line, but he's an opportunistic kid who can make some plays up field now and again. He's got grit too, which I like.
Adams is ideally suited for the 3-4 defense. He was drafted by the New York Jets during Eric Mangini's first year as head coach to help the Jets transition to the 3-4 scheme, which requires bulkier and more powerful players at the end position.

After being selected in the seventh round, he spent most of his rookie season on the Jets' practice squad before being signed to the New York Giants' active roster in December. He never dressed for the Giants.

A two-year starter at Nebraska, Adams finished his collegiate career with 135 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, 3½ sacks and two interceptions. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 choice by the league's coaches during his senior season.

In San Diego, he will compete with another former Cornhusker, Ryon Bingham, to be the Chargers' seventh and final defensive lineman. He will receive plenty of snaps early on, as starter Igor Olshansky continues to be limited by a groin injury.


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