Defensive end Chris McCain is back for a second season with the Chargers after spending the latter part of 2016 on the Bolts’ practice squad.
McCain played collegiately at Cal, where one of his teammates was Keenan Allen, before spending time as a pro with Miami, Dallas and New Orleans before his joining the Chargers.
He’s appeared in 20 games during his career.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Miami as undrafted free agent May 19, 2014…traded to New Orleans Aug. 30, 2016…waived Sept. 3…signed to Dallas’ practice squad, Sept. 7…released Sept. 28…signed to New Orleans’ practice squad, Oct. 13…signed to Saints’ active roster Oct. 22…waived Oct. 25…re-signed to Saints’ practice squad Oct. 27…re-signed to Saints’ active roster Nov. 5…waived Nov. 7…signed to Chargers’ practice squad Nov. 23…re-signed with Chargers Jan. 2.
2017: Played in 15 games and was inactive for one, posting career highs with 28 tackles (20 solo), including six tackles for loss...With five sacks, more than tripled his career total coming into the season...Part of a defensive unit that ranked tied for fifth in the NFL with 43 sacks…at Denver (Sept. 11): Posted his first sack of the season, appearing on 20 defensive plays and four on special teams...Totaled two solo tackles...Registered his 10-yard sack on one of the final plays of the first half, speeding past T Menelik Watson to take down QB Trevor Siemian...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Registered his second sack in as many weeks, a zero-yard takedown of QB Jay Cutler on third down in the fourth quarter to force a Miami field goal...Beat T Laremy Tunsil to flush Cutler to his right before chasing down the quarterback along the sideline…Totaled two tackles (one solo) on 18 defensive plays...vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Registered a sack for the third time in as many games...Powered through the heart of the Kansas City offensive line to drop QB Alex Smith in the second quarter on third down for a nine-yard loss, marking his fifth career sack...Posted two solo tackles and two tackles for loss...Saw action on 15 plays on defense and seven on special teams...vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Posted his fourth tackle for loss on the season, tying a career high...Totaled three tackles (two solo) while playing on 20 defensive snaps and two on special teams…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Registered a solo tackle on 11 defensive snaps and eight on special teams…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Appeared on 13 snaps on defense and 11 on special teams, totaling three tackles (two solo)…Quickly reacted to a shovel pass on third-and-two by QB Derek Carr to stop WR Cordarrelle Patterson short of the line-to-gain, forcing a Raiders punt…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Registered career highs with six tackles (four solo), two sacks, two tackles for loss, a pass defensed and two forced fumbles…The pass defensed marked the first of his career…Forced fumbles on strip-sacks of QB Trevor Siemian…On the first, came off the left edge to flush Siemian to his right before forcing a fumble that would be recovered by NT Damion Square…Sped past T Allen Barbre in the fourth quarter to register his second strip-sack of Siemian…Appeared on 23 defensive plays and 10 on special teams…at New England (Oct. 29): Posted two tackles (one solo) while seeing action on 16 defensive plays and 14 on special teams…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Participated on 16 snaps on defense and 12 on special teams…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Inactive (quadricep)…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Assisted on a tackle in his first game returning from injury, participating on 13 defensive snaps and eight on special teams…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Posted two tackles (one solo) after appearing on 18 defensive snaps and three on special teams…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Played 18 snaps on defense and nine on special teams, posting two solo tackles and a special teams tackle on kickoff coverage…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Posted a solo tackle, appearing on 11 defensive plays and 10 on special teams…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Appeared on 17 plays on defense and four on special teams, finishing with a solo tackle…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Played 12 snaps on defense and 11 on special teams.
2016: Saw action for Saints Oct. 23 at Kansas City and Nov. 6 at San Francisco. 2015: Seven-yard sack and forced fumble vs. Sam Bradford Nov. 15 at Philadelphia…injured Dec. 20 at San Diego…placed on injured reserve Dec. 22. 2014: NFL debut in Sept. 7 season opener vs. New England and blocked first quarter punt and sacked Tom Brady for nine yard loss…became one of five NFL rookies since 1995 to record sack and blocked punt in same game, joining Osi Umenyiora (N.Y. Giants, 2003), Ian Gold (Denver, 2000), Robert Quinn (St. Louis, 2001) and Jerry Attaochu (San Diego, 2014).
COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Pac-12 as sophomore in 2012…90 career tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, ﬁve sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Redshirted in 2010…played at California from 2011-13.
PERSONAL: Attended Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy in 2009…prepped at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C.