As we get closer to "cut time", I'm going to take a closer look at the position groups. I know we've tried predicting the entire 53 man roster, but maybe it would be a little easier if we went this way.
In 2008, the Chargers kept 6 wide receivers on their roster. Some teams might keep seven, but as more of the teams around the league acquire pass-catching TEs that can play in the slot the standard is becoming 6. The Chargers, playing in a system that rarely calls for more than 2 WRs on the field, didn't even bother to sign a WR after Buster Davis was put on IR in 2008. They played the majority of the season, including the playoffs, with only 5 WR.
Here's a look at the WRs on the Chargers roster right now:
- Legedu Naanee
- Rodgeriqus Smith
- Demetrius Byrd
- Malcom Floyd
- Vincent Jackson
- Buster Davis
- Greg Carr
- Kassim Osgood
- Charly Martin
- Chris Chambers
- Gary Banks
Whew. Almost twice as many players than will actually make the roster. This is pretty normal, actually. Teams will bring in guys to take work/hits away from their star receivers and KR/PR guys. This is why Wes Welker and Greg Camarillo came through the Chargers and were cut. They never really had a chance to make the team, just like a lot of guys on this roster.
After the jump, we're going to start cutting guys until we get down to a reasonable number. See who makes the cut.
Demetrius Byrd. Not exactly cut. He'll be on the IR or the PUP list this year and won't take up a roster spot. With a lot of our receivers potentially leaving via free agency after this season, Byrd has a good chance to make the 2010 team. Not bad for a 7th round pick.
Greg Carr. I don't remember seeing him ever. Not against the Seahawks, not in practice, nowhere. This is a guy that I really liked at Florida State too. You can't win a spot if they don't know your name.
Rodgeriqus Smith. Same deal as Carr. I saw Smith a bit in practice, but there wasn't anything especially impressive about him. He's a camp body.
Now we're down to 8. Gary Banks and Charly Martin are the obvious choices, but they're both making names for themselves. They may be difficult to sign to the practice squad because somebody else might grab them. Either way, those are the easiest guys to lose and the least-polished of the 8. So they're the final 2 cuts to get down to 6. Funny enough, it's the exact same 6 guys that started the 2008 season.
Here's your WR group:
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