24-Year-Old Linebacker – San Diego Chargers
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Despite missing six games with a foot injury, Te’o’s second season in the league was a productive one. For the second year in a row, he notched 61 total tackles, but he did it in three fewer games and...
Manti Te'o Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $5.172 million contract with the Chargers in May 2013.
Te'o returned to practice Monday and said he feels great heading into the regular season, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Manti Te'o: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Te'o did not seem to be slowed by his foot injury, but we will need to see how he responds in practice this week. His six tackles were second on the team to Brandon Flowers' eight.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)This injury is completely unrelated to last year's, which occurred on the opposite foot, and Te'o thinks he has plenty of time to get healthy before the season opener. "Luckily it is the preseason," Te'o said. "Lucky we’re early." While Te’o is out, the Chargers have a number of seasoned options to use in Kavell Conner, Reggie Walker and Andrew Gachkar.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Te'o was a major disappointment as a rookie, posting just 61 tackles and no sacks, interceptions or forced fumbles. It's possible that a preseason foot injury limited him throughout the year, as he underwent surgery on the foot at the season's conclusion. With better health and a year's worth of experience on his side, Te'o ought to show significant improvement in 2014. Aside from Te'o and Donald Butler, the Chargers don't have any obvious candidates to compete for nickel formation snaps, meaning Te'o has no reason to not secure a three-down role.
Free agent signing and former Packer D.J. Smith is a concern, but Te'o will be given every chance to win a starting and nickel formation role as a rookie with the Chargers. The increasing prevalence of three- and four-wideout formations means that roughly half of a defense's snaps come on 'passing downs,' and teams don't spend second-round picks on linebackers who only play half of the time. That means Te'o would have to significantly disappoint to not end up playing 75 percent or more of San Diego's snaps, but if he secures that role he should safely reach 100 tackles after easily passing the mark in each of his last three years at Notre Dame.