New defensive lineman Stefan Charles got into his first practice with the San Antonio Commanders on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 324-pound defensive tackle from Canada, who signed with the team the day before, was easy to spot in drills with Commanders defensive line coach Jeff McInerney.
“How about the size. Holy smokes,” said Commanders general manager Daryl Johnston, who got his first impression of Charles while doing NFL television broadcasts. “He’s a player that I actually remember doing Detroit games. I remember him on Detroit’s defensive line.”
Johnston and the Commanders staff watched film of Charles against the offensive lines from the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars.
“He’s working through that guard-center-guard area and he’s doing really well,” Johnston said. “This was something that we had talked to coach McInerney about coming into the season being a little bit light in the D line probably in size and numbers. We only had five guys.
“We just felt it was time now as we see what some of the teams are doing, the running game is becoming important in this league. We wanted to get a little bit bigger up front and I think we achieved that with Stefan.”