Drue Tranquill talks key free agent additions on defense and building excitement

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During last year’s offseason, general manager Tom Telesco and Staley set out to revamp the offensive line with the additions of center Corey Linsley, guard Matt Feiler and left tackle Rashawn Slater. In 2022, Staley and Telesco have focused on making key additions to nearly every defensive position, whether through the draft or during free agency.

Tranquill talked about his new teammates added during free agency and what they’ll bring to the Bolts’ defense in 2022.

“I think just the opportunity to bounce back gives us a lot of hope,” he said. “The additions of arguably the best corner in the league [CB J.C. Jackson]one of the best edge defenders of the last decade [OLB Khalil Mack]two inside guys who just dominated their first years in the league [DL Austin Johnson and DL Sebastian Joseph-Day] and all the other guys we brought in.”

Tranquill spoke about the addition of fellow linebacker Troy Reeder and how he already fits in due to his familiarity with the Staley defense.

“He talks like he’s known this defense forever because he’s played there, but it’s so cool to see a new addition in the room being able to come in smoothly,” he said of Reeder. . “He speaks ball, our language. It’s cool to have all these guys who are present for the OTAs [Organized Team Activities] and off-season training. It’s through the roof right now.”

With the offseason just beginning, Tranquill and the rest of the defense know the opportunity that presents itself in 2022.

“To be able to add some of these additions and improve in terms of personnel and to be able to add to our squad is really, really super cool. To be able to train with these guys last week or so, they all seem super hungry and super excited for the game. opportunity we have here in Los Angeles.”

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