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Predicting the Final 53

Cuts are coming. I'm sorry if this makes anyone feel a certain kind of way, but that's the NFL. Here's one man's thoughts on how it'll turn out.

Quarterbacks (2)
Philip Rivers
Billy Volek


As soon as I heard that the Chargers would consider sending Crompton to the PS, I wondered why I hadn't thought of this myself. They can't trust Crompton to play this year, they have other good players to take up roster spots and no one is going to pick up the kid on waivers. 2 QBs. Bold move. I like it.

Runningbacks (5)
Ryan Mathews
Darren Sproles
Mike Tolbert
Jacob Hester
Curtis Brinkley

Brinkley is a solid back and he's a good story. But, I have him making the team because I think they can use him on coverage units. The rest is obvious.

Wide Receivers (5)
Malcom Floyd
Patrick Crayton
Buster Davis
Legedu Naanee
Seyi Ajirotutu

I like Jeremy Williams and it pains me to cut him, but I just don't think he's capable of being a #1 or #2 WR in the league and A.J. can find the role playing WRs pretty easily. Ajirotutu I think needs to be protected because he could be the next Malcom Floyd. Josh Reed did nothing to earn a roster spot this summer.

Tight Ends (3)
Antonio Gates
Randy McMichael
Kris Wilson

No brainer here. I know Wilson struggled, but he's still better than the other guys in camp. Maybe if some one decent hits the waiver wire they dump him, but I doubt it.

Offensive Line (8)
Brandyn Dombrowski
Kris Dielman
Nick Hardwick
Louis Vasquez
Jeromey Clary
Scott Mruczkowski
Tyronne Green
Veteran Tackle To Be Named Later

I think its obvious to many that the Chargers need a little more veteran presence here. They tried with Tra Thomas, but that didn't work out. They'll find somebody who has a least started a game in the NFL before.

Defensive Line (8)
Luis Castillo
Antonio Garay
Jacques Cesaire
Travis Johnson
Ogemdi Nwagbuo
Alfonso Boone
Vaughn Martin
Cam Thomas

The Chargers need everyone of these guys in order to have a fully functional defensive line. Trust the rotation, believe in the rotation and, if you're so inclined, pray for the rotation.

Linebackers (9)
Shawne Merriman
Stephen Cooper
Kevin Burnett
Shaun Phillips
Larry English
Brandon Siler
James Holt
Antwan Applewhite
Brandon Lang

I don't want Jyles Tucker. We don't need Jyles Tucker. I'm not sure why anyone ever thought an NFL team could use Jyles Tucker. That was harsh. Let me put it this way, I'll be disappointed if they keep him here.

Cornerbacks (5)
Quentin Jammer
Antoine Cason
Donald Strickland
Fred Bennett
Nathan Vasher

Will Vasher make this team? Better yet, who makes this team instead of Vasher? Jeremy Williams? Maybe. Jyles Tucker? I hope not. Crompton? I'd rather have Vasher or Williams. Okay then. Vasher stays.

Safeties (5)
Eric Weddle
Steve Gregory
Darrell Stuckey
Paul Oliver
C.J. Spillman

I hesitate on Spillman, but I think we'll want him for the special teams units at some point.

Kicker, Punter, Long Snapper (3)
Nate Kaeding
Mike Scifres
David Binn


Checking my work: 2 + 5 + 5 + 3 + 8 + 8 + 9 + 5 + 5 + 3 = 53

Practice Squad (8)
Jonathan Crompton
Jeremy Williams
Ryan Otterson
Nic Richmond
Kion Wilson
Mike Nixon
Traye Simmons
Brandon Hughes