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Damion Square Relishes Doing Dirty Work Up Front
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Damion Square had a decision to make on the first day of free agency.
Venture out and a join a new team after a career-year, or stay with the one who gave him a chance and remain a vital part of what he considers one of the best defensive lines in football.
The decision was obviously an easy one to make.
Square inked a two-year deal to remain with the Bolts, eager to pick up where he left off in 2016. The nose tackle emerged as a valuable member of the defensive line rotation, setting career-highs in tackles (31), tackles for loss (six), sacks (2.5) and pressures (10) in 11 games.
“There were certain things I wanted in free agency, and the Chargers gave it to me,” he said. “I wanted to stay with the group of guys I grew with. We have great chemistry. Things flow better when you have that chemistry and (have) been through those (battles) together. It all came together, so I took the opportunity to come back for another two years with the guys I’ve put the work in with previously.”
Big name starters such as Joey Bosa, Brandon Mebane and Corey Liuget understandably garner most headlines when it comes to the defensive line. Still, they know how important Square is to their success as individuals and a unit. The 6-2, 293-pound product out of Alabama thrives doing the dirty work, and many teammates rave about how he’s improved as a technician over his time with the Bolts.
Square also raised his game when inserted into the starting lineup midway through the season. After Mebane was lost for the year with a biceps injury, the nose tackle took his spot for the final seven games as he cemented his value to the team.
Now, he’s looking forward to rejoining his teammates as he learns new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley’s system.
“Football is football,” he says about the team’s switch to a 4-3 front. “There are a lot of different ways to play, but at the end of the day it is about effort, executing, finding the ball and getting the guy on the ground. There is not a defense I feel I can’t execute in, so I am happy like I said to get back on the field with the guys.”
Square also knows his versatility is a boon to the team. He has experience playing all across the line, and looks forward to proving it as the Bolts head to Los Angeles.
“I want to make a lot of big plays, and that is what I want fans to know about me. I want to stand out. I want to make impact plays, and everything else will take care of itself. Our front four is very strong. It’s tremendous with Mebane, Joey and Corey. The talent we have is second to none. So for me, I’m a guy who can play anywhere across the front. I can play the three-technique. I can play the nose. Put me at the five if needed or the six if needed. I have versatility where I can play along the front and at a high level. That is the role that I fill, and I will fill it to the best of my ability.” Read