Per a report from ESPN’s Field Yates, the Buffalo Bills hosted free agent defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi on Thursday. Palepoi was picked up by the (then) San Diego Chargers after his name wasn’t called during the 2014 NFL Draft. Palepoi missed the 2015 season with a fractured foot, but has not missed a game due to injury since. Current Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Star Lotulelei played on the same defensive line as Tenny Palepoi at Utah.
Palepoi played in 44 games for the Chargers in his three seasons. In his time with the Chargers, Palepoi was a depth player seeing around 30% of defensive snaps. This would mesh well with the McDermott and Frazier rotation scheme that sees starters playing roughly 70% of playing time on the defensive line. Palepoi ended up a mainstay on special teams as well, with 32% of snaps in the 2017 season. He saw steady increases in this phase of the game, with playing 18% of the time his rookie year.