The Los Angeles Chargers added a pair of new defensive players off waivers on Sunday, claiming linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee from the Atlanta Falcons and defensive tackle T.Y. McGill from the Kansas City Chiefs. To make room, the team waived quarterback Cardale Jones and linebacker Hayes Pullard.
Ellerbee is a 6-1, 235-pound linebacker out of Rice known for his speed and athleticism. He joined the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in late April after a standout career in which he totaled 273 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, seven passes defensed and five fumble recoveries. Ellerbee had well over 100 tackles each of his final two seasons at Rice, and was a two-time All-Conference USA Selection. The linebacker ranked third on the Falcons this preseason with 12 total tackles while also have one for a loss.
Meanwhile, McGill is a 6-0, 299-pound defensive lineman entering his fourth NFL season. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. He was promptly claimed off waivers by the Colts just before the start of the season, and went on to spend his first two seasons in Indianapolis, totaling 17 tackles, 5.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one safety in 25 games. McGill joined the Browns off waivers last year, splitting his time between the active roster and practice squad while appearing in three games. He signed with the Chiefs in January, ranking sixth on the team this preseason with eight tackles while also recording a tackle for loss and QB hit.