A young and rising talent who is a former sixth-round pick, Darius Philon heads into his third season with the Bolts.
As a second-year player in 2016, Philon played in 14 games, and he made a pair of starts. He finished the season with 16 tackles and a sack.
Philon went to school at Arkansas where he redshirted for a year before playing two seasons (2013-14) for the Razorbacks. With a young son, Darius Jr. – who was born last August – on the way, Philon decided he needed to provide for his family and tossed his hat into the NFL ring after his redshirt sophomore season. Philon rolled the dice by leaving school after just three years, but the Chargers’ sixth-round pick played well as a rookie and showed he made the right decision.
At Arkansas, it didn’t take long to see that Philon had NFL potential. His first collegiate start came as a redshirt freshman in 2013 against the No. 1 team in the nation, Alabama. That afternoon, Philon racked up a career-high eight tackles against the Crimson Tide.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Sixth-round pick (192nd overall) by Chargers, May 2, 2015.
2017: Played in all 16 games with four starts, posting 48 tackles (28 solo), 4.5 sacks and six tackles for loss…Part of a defensive unit that ranked tied for fifth in the NFL with 43 sacks...at Denver (Sept. 11): Registered an assisted tackle on 13 defensive plays...Appeared on 10 special teams snaps...vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Saw action as a reserve on 36 plays on defense and 11 on special teams...Posted three solo tackles and a tackle for loss...vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Appeared on 33 defensive plays, totaling four tackles (two solo)...Contributed on five special teams plays...vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Posted the second sack of his career, taking down QB Carson Wentz for a two-yard loss...Participated on 29 defensive snaps and six on special teams…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Registered a sack in his second-consecutive game, dropping QB Eli Manning for an 11-yard loss on third down to force a New York punt midway through fourth quarter…Finished with a career-high five solo tackles, the sack and two tackles for loss…at Oakland (Oct. 15): Saw action on 33 plays on defense and three on special teams, registering two tackles (one solo)…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Started in place of DT Corey Liuget, playing 33 defensive snaps and totaling three tackles (one solo)…at New England (Oct. 29): Posted his third sack of the season, totaling four tackles (two solo), a pass defensed and a tackle for loss…Sacked QB Tom Brady for a seven-yard loss after Brady was forced to roll to his right by DE Melvin Ingram and DE Joey Bosa…Knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage on third down in the fourth quarter to force a New England punt…Played 27 snaps on defense and seven on special teams, appearing in the 30th game of his career…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Finished with three tackles (two solo) after seeing action on 42 defensive plays and three on special teams…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Played 34 defensive snaps and four on special teams, assisting on a tackle…Provided a block for ILB Korey Toomer on his 59-yard pick-six in the first quarter…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Played 25 snaps on defense…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Started in place of DT Corey Liuget at DT, seeing action on 42 defensive snaps and two on special teams…Finished with two solo tackles and the fifth sack of his career…Chased QB DeShone Kizer down as the quarterback rolled to his left, dropping him for a three-yard sack in the fourth quarter…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Registered four tackles (two solo) on 31 defensive plays…Added two special teams snaps…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Appeared on 35 plays on defense and five on special teams, finishing with three tackles (two solo)…Ran a stunt with DE Melvin Ingram in the second quarter that resulted in an eight-yard sack by Ingram…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Started at DT in place of an injured DT Corey Liuget, seeing action on 30 defensive plays and one on special teams…Finished with four tackles (one solo)…Applied pressure with DE Joey Bosa and DE Isaac Rochell late in the second quarter to collapse the pocket as Rochell recorded his first career sack…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Started at DT in place of DT Corey Liuget, seeing time on 34 defensive plays and two on special teams…Finished with seven tackles (three solo), a half-sack, a forced fumble and 2.5 tackles for loss…In the second quarter, split G Kelechi Osemele and C Rodney Hudson to meet DE Melvin Ingram in the backfield to split a sack of QB Derek Carr…On fourth-and-one in the fourth quarter, stopped Carr on an attempt at a QB-sneak before stripping the ball free for a forced fumble that was recovered by DE Joey Bosa.
2016: First NFL start Sept. 18 vs. Jacksonville...first NFL sack to help force three-and-out Dec. 24 at Cleveland...Browns QB Robert Griffith III was injured on play and did not return to game.
2015: Tackle for loss near goal line Sept. 20 at Cincinnati...inactive Oct. 12 vs. Pittsburgh (hip)...placed on “Reserve-Injured” with designation to return Oct. 17...returned to active roster Dec. 12 and returned to game action Dec. 13 at Kansas City...five-yard sack late in first quarter vs. Chiefs negated by penalty away from play...lone stop was five-yard tackle for loss Jan. 3 at Denver.
COLLEGE: Second-team All-SEC in 2014...92 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles during career...SEC Defensive Lineman of Week after Ole Miss game in 2014...redshirted in 2012...played at Arkansas from 2013-14...enrolled in college of arts and science.
PERSONAL: Born in Mobile, Ala. ...helped lead Vigor (Mobile, Ala.) High to 2011 5A State Championship Game...selected to play in Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game following senior season.