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Pouha (91) has position versatility the Chargers have favored this offseason.
Are you starting to sense a theme?
That theme would be: “The Chargers need a veteran nose tackle.”
Sione Pouha was selected by the New York Jets in third round of the 2005 draft. Like Cody and Kemoeatu, Pouha has a major injury on his resume. The former Utah Ute had to sit out his entire second season in the NFL because of a knee injury.
Unlike Kemoeatu or Cody, Pouha has experience at defensive end as well as nose tackle. San Diego general manager Tom Telesco has shown a preference for free agents who can have position versatility, so that could work in Pouha’s favor.
Another aspect that could be a positive for Pouha is his faith.
Pouha is a devout Mormon. He is also of Tongan descent. Manti Te’o is also a devout Mormon and of Hawaiian heritage. There are other San Diego Chargers who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints (Eric Weddle), but the only player on the roster of Polynesian ancestry.
While it may seem a little silly to bring in a player based on his religion or heritage, the Chargers have gone out of their way to make Te’o feel at home. Pouha would not just be a mentor for Te’o. He could also play defensive end and nose tackle and help mentor the young d-linemen regardless of their beliefs or family tree.