When they declared the waiver of 2019 first-round pick Jerry Tillery on Thursday night, the Chargers pulled off an unexpected maneuver. Tillery missed the practices on Wednesday and Thursday for personal reasons after being forced to sit out the Falcons game due to a back issue.
Following the additions of Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Johnson, both of whom were brought in to start right away, Tillery lost his starting position in the summer.
Coming off the bench in seven games this season, Tillery totaled eight tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble.
Tillery made 106 total tackles during his time with the Chargers, 10.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
Tillery’s unique combination of size and pass-rush ability made him an extremely intriguing prospect coming out of Notre Dame three years ago. Unfortunately, he never quite managed to put it all together before the Chargers ultimately decided against picking up his fifth-year option.