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Los Angeles Chargers sign WR Nelson Spruce

CU’s all-time receiving leader joins his fourth team in three NFL seasons

Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Former Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Nelson Spruce has signed with the Los Angeles Chargers, per an announcement by the team on Monday night.

The Buffaloes all-time leading receiver will see time with his fourth NFL team after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. Spruce gathered up a good amount of playing time in the preseason over the past two years, but was hampered with injuries before being released by the Rams.

“He’s a good football player,” Rams coach Sean McVay said in September. “He’s got great instincts, good aggressive hands. Unfortunately, the injuries really kept him out of chances to compete for a roster spot.”

Spruce spent time with the Chicago Bears prior to his most-recent practice squad duty for the Kansas City Chiefs, which ended with his release last week. In San Diego, he’ll compete to become a target for quarterback Phillip Rivers in the established receiving corps of Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, and Travis Benjamin.

The Southern California native set 41 school records and two Pac-12 Conference records during his time in Boulder. He finished as the active NCAA leader in receptions and was one of the most prolific receivers in CU history.