Matt Sokol

Matt Sokol

Tight End #81
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Ht / Wt:6'6" / 255 lb.
College:Michigan State
Age:25
Born:November 9, 1995
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Matt Sokol: Signed to active roster

Sokol was elevated from the Chargers' practice squad Friday.

Analysis: Positions have recently opened up on Los Angeles' active roster, with both Casey Hayward (hamstring) and Malik Jefferson (shoulder) getting moved to injured reserve. The 25-year-old tight end will have an opportunity at a second consecutive appearance to close out the 2020 campaign, this time against the defending-champion Chiefs. During his NFL debut Week 16 against Denver, Sokol fielded all 13 of his snaps on special teams.

January 1, 2021 3:43 PM EST

Matt Sokol: Heads back to practice squad

Sokol reverted to the Chargers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Sokol registered 13 special-teams snaps during Sunday's 19-16 win over Denver, but he negatively impacted the team with a holding penalty on a fourth-quarter punt return. The tight end remains a developmental option for Los Angeles, with a Week 16 appearance marking the first of his career.

December 28, 2020 5:28 PM EST

Matt Sokol: Promoted to active roster

Sokol was elevated to the Chargers' active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old joined the Chargers' practice squad in late October after being let go by the Lions, and he'll be a gameday elevation for Week 16. Sokol has yet to make his NFL debut since going undrafted out of Michigan State in 2019.

December 26, 2020 6:39 PM EST

Matt Sokol: Inks practice squad deal

The Chargers signed Sokol to the practice squad Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Sokol was let go from the Lions' practice squad last week, but he'll get a fresh start in Los Angeles. The second-year tight end out of Michigan State has yet to make his NFL debut. With Virgil Green (ankle) on IR, Sokol will add depth at the position in case another tight end gets hurt.

October 31, 2020 4:11 PM EST

Matt Sokol: Shown door in Detroit

The Lions cut Sokol from the practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: Isaac Nauta jumped Sokol in the pecking order and was elevated to the active roster Saturday, and the Lions opted to let Sokol go. Sokol is still seeking his NFL debut, as the Michigan State product didn't play at all during his 2019 rookie season and has yet to make an appearance this year. He'll seek a fresh start elsewhere.

October 25, 2020 7:39 AM EST

Matt Sokol: Placed on waivers

The Lions waived Sokol on Saturday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: Sokol competed for a run-blocking role with Detroit, but he lost to undrafted rookie Hunter Bryant (leg), who likely has more pass-catching upside. If Sokol clears waivers, he's likely a practice-squad candidate with the Lions carrying just three tight ends.

September 6, 2020 8:16 AM EST

Matt Sokol: Signs reserve/future contract

Sokol signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on Tuesday.

Analysis: Sokol spent time on the Chargers' and Jaguars' practice squads this season, but he has yet to make his NFL debut. The Michigan State product will look to make the most of his time in Detroit's system.

December 31, 2019 9:47 AM EST

Matt Sokol: Heads to Jacksonville

Sokol signed with the Jaguars' practice squad Monday, Garry Smits of The Florida Times-Union reports.

Analysis: Sokol was previously on the Chargers' practice squad but now makes his way to a new team. Jacksonville's top-three tight ends -- Geoff Swaim (concussion), James O'Shaughnessy (knee) and Josh Oliver (back) -- are all on injured reserve, so if Sokol makes a good impression he could conceivably make his way to the 53-man roster.

November 19, 2019 2:40 PM EST

Matt Sokol: Joins Chargers' practice squad

Sokol landed on the Chargers' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Sokol signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent, but was ultimately not able to earn a role on the final roster. He will now have a chance to potentially earn a spot if any more injuries occur at tight end.

October 1, 2019 6:23 PM EST

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