23-Year-Old Linebacker – San Diego Chargers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
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 un...
Manti Te'o Contract Information:
Signed a four-year, $5.172 million contract with the Chargers in May 2013.
As expected, Te'o (foot) missed Monday's practice and will not be available for Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers, but the injury is not thought to be as severe as the one that cost him five games last 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 isn't expected to be able to play in San Diego's next preseason game, although details regarding the severity of his injury have yet to be released. The linebacker missed five games last season due to a right foot issue, which required corrective surgery this offseason. Now nursing a left foot problem, Te'o being sidelined temporarily opens a starting inside linebacker position next to Donald Butler for the Chargers.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Te'o had previously been relegated to working on the side with trainers during early offseason training activities. After missing the first three games of his rookie season, Te'o finished the year relatively strong and is looking to improve on that performance in his second year as a pro. Barring another injury, he should enter the season physically stronger than he was as a rookie, and with a year in defensive coordinator John Pagano's system under his belt, he should be mentally way ahead of where he was last year as well.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Te'o's recent surgery suggests that he never quite returned to full strength since suffering the foot injury in August. If Te'o can return to full strength, he'll likely warrant more consideration as an IDP, as he'll stand to improve upon the disappointing 61 tackles he racked up during his rookie season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Te'o's absence will result in more playing time for Bront Bird in the middle of San Diego's defense.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.