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Posted: 08/12/2014 2:58 PM

Tenny Palepoi? 


Just read an article on Chargers.com about undrafted DT free agent Tenny Palepoi.

Never heard of him before but from what I read he’s a 6-1, 298-pounder who was a second-team All-Pac-12 and team captain who played from 2012-2013 at Utah, recording 74 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

The article said that last Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys, he totaled four tackles. McCoy spoke afterwards about him displaying a lot of potential.

Anyone have any opinion on him? If this guy can play the DT position and be effective, it would be a great help for a position of need.

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Posted: 08/12/2014 3:13 PM

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The one glaring negative is his very short arms, and relatively small trunk. He doesn't have the big ass and strong legs of a Corey Liuget or your typical 2 gap linemen, he's probably a better fit in a 4-3.

But if used properly he can be like an Earl Mitchell or Jay Ratliff, a quick penetrating NT of the type Wade Phillips used to prefer. I know that he was projected be taken as high as the 5th round, and probably fell because of his measurables, even though I think he had a very solid combine.

Measurements aside, if the guy can play football he can play football, kinda like Jahleel Addae.

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Posted: 08/12/2014 4:02 PM

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  • Versatile, high motor guy with great strength and athleticism. It seems that it wasn't that much of a drop off at the position after Star moved on to the NFL. They called him the Mowin' Samoan at Utah because he would routinely drive lineman into the backfield and disrupt the play. He is a father and a family man and a devout Mormon. I think he is on the 53.

Cant stand the Donkeys

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Posted: 08/12/2014 4:27 PM

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Backer and I have been talking him up a little bit in another thread, I watched the Dallas game again yesterday just to
Focus on guys like that, he's strong and fast! IMO, NT is still up for grabs if someone 'Takes' it!

Syx, since we're heavy at CB, RB, WR, need to pull the trigger at a trade with the Mizzu boys for Poe!




Play every down like the season's riding on it !

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Posted: 08/12/2014 5:27 PM

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Alright you guys dragged it out of me. Lol.

Personal background is that Tenny comes from a very athletic family. His father played Rugby for Manu Samoa. His older brother Anton played LB for the Seahawks alongside Lofa Tatupu. But mainly as rotational player and spot starter.


Tenny comes from humble upbringings and could have easily been like a 4 star high school recruit but like many American youth he failed to really apply himself on school side of the house hence him taking the JUCO route to the big dance.


Spent 3 years at Snow college (Juco) due to injury that kept him out his entire freshmen year and because early struggles academically. Again not applying himself early on in life. The injury of all things (torn MCL I think it was) is what actually turned Tenny's switch on and everything clicked because he's been on one ever since.


Skillset wise his best fit would be as a 3 but like Beach pointed out, Tenny has the athletic ability to play a 1, 3 and 5 on this DL.




Best attributes would be a solid motor, nice first step, and great range for DL. Stronger than his frame would have you believe but as Syx pointed out, he will struggle at times because of his frame.


When he uses his athleetic ability with proper technique he can be menace. His biggest struggles on film have been your Fluker types. The big long arm monsters that if he doesn't get a good inital step on can lock him out. But for the most part he's a very active attack style defender.


For those of you who like Garay, he has that type of attacking style game but I think he has better range sideline to sideline than Garay had.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 6:16 PM

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Tenny could make the roster.  If he continues to perform, he'll beat out Carrethers.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 6:25 PM

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Thisfrickinguy wrote: Alright you guys dragged it out of me. Lol.

Personal background is that Tenny comes from a very athletic family. His father played Rugby for Manu Samoa. His older brother Anton played LB for the Seahawks alongside Lofa Tatupu. But mainly as rotational player and spot starter.


Tenny comes from humble upbringings and could have easily been like a 4 star high school recruit but like many American youth he failed to really apply himself on school side of the house hence him taking the JUCO route to the big dance.


Spent 3 years at Snow college (Juco) due to injury that kept him out his entire freshmen year and because early struggles academically. Again not applying himself early on in life. The injury of all things (torn MCL I think it was) is what actually turned Tenny's switch on and everything clicked because he's been on one ever since.


Skillset wise his best fit would be as a 3 but like Beach pointed out, Tenny has the athletic ability to play a 1, 3 and 5 on this DL.




Best attributes would be a solid motor, nice first step, and great range for DL. Stronger than his frame would have you believe but as Syx pointed out, he will struggle at times because of his frame.


When he uses his athleetic ability with proper technique he can be menace. His biggest struggles on film have been your Fluker types. The big long arm monsters that if he doesn't get a good inital step on can lock him out. But for the most part he's a very active attack style defender.


For those of you who like Garay, he has that type of attacking style game but I think he has better range sideline to sideline than Garay had.
My only concern is he fits into this developing identity along the D-line, of 1 gap penetrators.  

Liuget was brought out of a 3-tech in college, Reyes plays all along the line but he is by far a better pass rusher than run stopper, Lissemore, Scafe, Guy, Alecxih...all 300 pounders who are better known for being quick than powerful.   Geathers and Carrethers are the outliers and neither is ready to start.

We're fixing to have a team 85-90% focused on pass defense, but we could end up getting trampled a little bit by teams like Seattle, San Francisco, New England, Kansas City...teams that run the ball.

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Posted: 08/12/2014 6:39 PM

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Skill at OLB will be helpful, paging Dwight Freeney!




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Posted: 08/12/2014 6:54 PM

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Thisfrickinguy wrote: Alright you guys dragged it out of me. Lol.

Personal background is that Tenny comes from a very athletic family. His father played Rugby for Manu Samoa. His older brother Anton played LB for the Seahawks alongside Lofa Tatupu. But mainly as rotational player and spot starter.


Tenny comes from humble upbringings and could have easily been like a 4 star high school recruit but like many American youth he failed to really apply himself on school side of the house hence him taking the JUCO route to the big dance.


Spent 3 years at Snow college (Juco) due to injury that kept him out his entire freshmen year and because early struggles academically. Again not applying himself early on in life. The injury of all things (torn MCL I think it was) is what actually turned Tenny's switch on and everything clicked because he's been on one ever since.


Skillset wise his best fit would be as a 3 but like Beach pointed out, Tenny has the athletic ability to play a 1, 3 and 5 on this DL.




Best attributes would be a solid motor, nice first step, and great range for DL. Stronger than his frame would have you believe but as Syx pointed out, he will struggle at times because of his frame.


When he uses his athleetic ability with proper technique he can be menace. His biggest struggles on film have been your Fluker types. The big long arm monsters that if he doesn't get a good inital step on can lock him out. But for the most part he's a very active attack style defender.


For those of you who like Garay, he has that type of attacking style game but I think he has better range sideline to sideline than Garay had.
My only concern is he fits into this developing identity along the D-line, of 1 gap penetrators.  

Liuget was brought out of a 3-tech in college, Reyes plays all along the line but he is by far a better pass rusher than run stopper, Lissemore, Scafe, Guy, Alecxih...all 300 pounders who are better known for being quick than powerful.   Geathers and Carrethers are the outliers and neither is ready to start.

We're fixing to have a team 85-90% focused on pass defense, but we could end up getting trampled a little bit by teams like Seattle, San Francisco, New England, Kansas City...teams that run the ball.

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Which is a huge reason I was advocating for Star Lotulelei in the draft. He has the solid mix of power and speed. Not that I mind Fluker but a DL that boasted Liuget, Lotule and Reyes as your starters would have been awesome.

Then having you Guys, Tenny's, etc as rotation would have been great.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 7:08 PM

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I guess we can still blame the Cox signing? LOL but if I remember correctly wasn't it more important to get a player
Right off the bat(Fluker) that could help keep our QB from getting killed?




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Posted: 08/12/2014 8:11 PM

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I guess we can still blame the Cox signing? LOL but if I remember correctly wasn't it more important to get a player
Right off the bat(Fluker) that could help keep our QB from getting killed?

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I wouldn't blame the Cox signing. Hard to say what would have happened if they went Star over DJ but I can say with Coach D as the OL Coach and this particular offense where they ball comes out of Rivers hands much faster than in Norv's 7 step drop O, it plays in favor of the OL.

And to turn it into an uptempo, no huddle type O, makes that much more dangerous and favos the OL, because now pass rusher are having to rush 3 and 5 step dink and dunk passes with even less time to recover.
It's not about how many times you get knocked down.  It's whether or not you are willing to get back up. 
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Posted: 08/12/2014 8:57 PM

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Shoulda, coulda, woulda....and ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a Merry Christmas! No point dwelling on what might have been with Lotulelei. I still think O-line was a more glaring need at that time and the way things are shaping out, Fluker is turning out to be the best O-lineman of the 2013 draft class.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 11:20 PM

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Shoulda, coulda, woulda....and ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a Merry Christmas! No point dwelling on what might have been with Lotulelei. I still think O-line was a more glaring need at that time and the way things are shaping out, Fluker is turning out to be the best O-lineman of the 2013 draft class.

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Don't get me wrong BB. I don't mind at all how things turned out. Just sayin. Here we are some odd years later and many here are still hoping for the next Jamal Williams and concerned about how soft SD could be in the middle.


One way oe the other, I don't think either would have been a bad choice. Especially because Star in his own right is shaping up to be the best Interior DL in the class as well.
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Posted: 08/12/2014 11:44 PM

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Thisfrickinguy wrote:

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Shoulda, coulda, woulda....and ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a Merry Christmas! No point dwelling on what might have been with Lotulelei. I still think O-line was a more glaring need at that time and the way things are shaping out, Fluker is turning out to be the best O-lineman of the 2013 draft class.

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Don't get me wrong BB. I don't mind at all how things turned out. Just sayin. Here we are some odd years later and many here are still hoping for the next Jamal Williams and concerned about how soft SD could be in the middle.


One way oe the other, I don't think either would have been a bad choice. Especially because Star in his own right is shaping up to be the best Interior DL in the class as well.
Actually Sheldon Richardson has that covered pretty thoroughly as of now, but 34 DE was not necessarily a need for us at that point.  IMO it is now.

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Posted: 08/13/2014 12:20 AM

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Ah Sheldon, yes. Has the numbers but wasn't asked to do ask much as Star was for the Panters. As I recall Sheldon was strictly a 3 for gang green while Star was asked to cover both the 1 and the 3 in his rookie season.


Not so sure if rolls were reversed that riverboat Ron would have asked the same from Sheldon as he did of Big L.
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Posted: 08/13/2014 7:17 AM

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I hear ya Tfg. Jamal Williams was a warrior for us! D-line will be a priority next offseason. Hopefully guys like Carrethers, Geathers, Palepoi and Lissemore will be able to share some on the grunt work and free up Liguet and Reyes to make more plays.


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--- Boltsbacker wrote:

Shoulda, coulda, woulda....and ifs and buts were candy and nuts we'd all have a Merry Christmas! No point dwelling on what might have been with Lotulelei. I still think O-line was a more glaring need at that time and the way things are shaping out, Fluker is turning out to be the best O-lineman of the 2013 draft class.

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Don't get me wrong BB. I don't mind at all how things turned out. Just sayin. Here we are some odd years later and many here are still hoping for the next Jamal Williams and concerned about how soft SD could be in the middle.


One way oe the other, I don't think either would have been a bad choice. Especially because Star in his own right is shaping up to be the best Interior DL in the class as well.

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Posted: 08/13/2014 7:40 AM

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Boltsbacker wrote: I hear ya Tfg. Jamal Williams was a warrior for us! D-line will be a priority next offseason. Hopefully guys like Carrethers, Geathers, Palepoi and Lissemore will be able to share some on the grunt work and free up Liguet and Reyes to make more plays.

Reyes needs to fix himself, his problem is he can't hold his ground in the run game, it has nothing to do with supporting cast.

Honestly if Geathers, Carrethers, or Palepoi were ready to play, I'd bench Reyes and slide Lissemore in to his spot. His game against the Cowboys was an embarrassment.

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Posted: 08/13/2014 8:59 AM

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Based on the injuries we should get a better feel for our DL depth and ability to mesh 1st and 2nd team players and how Coach Pagano adjusts against Seattle. Speaking of injuries we should see a lot more of Palepoi against the Seahawks.

Regarding Reyes - tremendous amount of concern being expressed across the blogosphere - has he plateaued, does he have more upside, or worst of all, is he regressing? And the ultimate question after answering that - is he still the best available on the roster? I have to believe that Coaches Pagano and McCoy have to be less than satisfied with the front 3 situation and how they will make it through 16+ games.

Just thinking out loud - it wouldn't surprise me if Coach Pagano is coaching for his job this year. I think he needs to find a way to establish his 'signature' defense, like his brother did in Baltimore. However, he only has one bonafide elite player while his brother had an all-pro middle (NT, ILB, SS) to build around. It should be interesting to see whether he becomes bolder in player selections and aggressive schemes.
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Posted: 08/13/2014 9:39 AM

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syxwunine wrote:
Boltsbacker wrote: I hear ya Tfg. Jamal Williams was a warrior for us! D-line will be a priority next offseason. Hopefully guys like Carrethers, Geathers, Palepoi and Lissemore will be able to share some on the grunt work and free up Liguet and Reyes to make more plays.

Reyes needs to fix himself, his problem is he can't hold his ground in the run game, it has nothing to do with supporting cast.

Honestly if Geathers, Carrethers, or Palepoi were ready to play, I'd bench Reyes and slide Lissemore in to his spot. His game against the Cowboys was an embarrassment.


Where are we going to find a steady run defending DL'man at this juncture? Will we need to trade for one....a la Lissemore?

I have no confidence in Reyes all of a sudden being tougher in the run game.
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Posted: 08/13/2014 12:43 PM

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In all fairness to Coach Pagano, there were a plethora of injuries last year, some nagging and some season ending. In fact, there were only 6 players who played in all 16 games.  In addition our CB's weren't exactly skilled in either press or zone coverage.  Not to mention our almost non-existent pass rush.  Those problem areas have been exponentially addressed.  Now with many quality pieces to play with, Pagano can develop his schemes to fit the players' abilities.  With a top flight offense, our defense will improve--just look at last year's game in Denver.  With a well below average defense, we still won because our offense controlled TOP.  Of course there will be some adjustment with new players, rookies and FA's, but it's a long season with lots of room for improvement.
OPBolt wrote: Based on the injuries we should get a better feel for our DL depth and ability to mesh 1st and 2nd team players and how Coach Pagano adjusts against Seattle. Speaking of injuries we should see a lot more of Palepoi against the Seahawks.

Regarding Reyes - tremendous amount of concern being expressed across the blogosphere - has he plateaued, does he have more upside, or worst of all, is he regressing? And the ultimate question after answering that - is he still the best available on the roster? I have to believe that Coaches Pagano and McCoy have to be less than satisfied with the front 3 situation and how they will make it through 16+ games.

Just thinking out loud - it wouldn't surprise me if Coach Pagano is coaching for his job this year. I think he needs to find a way to establish his 'signature' defense, like his brother did in Baltimore. However, he only has one bonafide elite player while his brother had an all-pro middle (NT, ILB, SS) to build around. It should be interesting to see whether he becomes bolder in player selections and aggressive schemes.
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