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Is Troy Dye of the Oregon Football Team in danger of being kicked out of the Los Angeles Chargers?

Former Oregon Ducks star Troy Dye recently signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers after playing four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The deal also reunited Dye with his former teammate and Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Dye spoke at length about his respect for Herbert and expressed his excitement to play with his teammate again on the Ducks.

However, due to changes in the Chargers' roster, the reunion could end before it even begins.

A recent article in Sporting News noted that the Chargers signed several linebackers in the offseason, including Bud Dupree, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, and Denzel Perryman of the Houston Texans. They also used their 2024 third-round draft pick to select Junior Colson, a former inside linebacker from Michigan. Colson and returning special teamer Nick Neimann are both listed ahead of Dye in an early preseason depth chart from ESPN.

December 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Troy Dye (45) reacts during the fourth against the In

December 17, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Troy Dye (45) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Photo Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Given the shortage at the linebacker position, this competition could come down to special teams play. Niemann is an athletic player and has been a staple on the Chargers' special teams since being drafted in 2021.

Dye has played in 60 games during his career with Minnesota, starting eight of them. Like Niemann, he has been on the field primarily on special teams. If Dye wants to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, he will need to put on a performance that reflects the results he achieved with the Ducks.

Dye played four years at the University of Oregon, helping the Ducks win the Pac-12 championship and the Rose Bowl in his final season, earning him first-team All-Pac-12 honors by the Associated Press. He also became the first player in Oregon history to lead the team in tackles in each of his four years. Dye started 48 of his 50 career games with the Ducks and finished the season with the third-most tackles (397) in school history. In addition, he had 15 sacks, five interceptions, 44 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.

Dye is definitely a competitor, as evidenced by his college and NFL career so far, and no matter the odds, you can count on this former Ducks star to do whatever it takes to earn a spot on the roster.