With everyone else throwing out there guesses for the San Diego Chargers' 53-man roster, I figure it's about time I throw my two cents out there to be ridiculed when I'm inevitably wrong.
Whether or not I agree with it, the team seems really high on Tolzien. They will need to fill Volek's shoes eventually, after all.
Running Backs (3)
Todman has done nothing to kill the team's love towards him after they chose him in the draft.
Although Tolbert can be a backup here, 4 RBs across the two positions seems awfully.....thin. Let's hope this group stays healthy.
Wide Receivers (6)
Vincent Brown has barely seen the field at all during preseason, but he has a few things going for him. First, he's a local kid out of SDSU and the team likes having those types of stories around. Second, and more importantly, Brown has worked with Philip Rivers before and since being selected by the Chargers in the draft. Third, teams do not cut third-round picks before they even get a chance to sniff the regular season unless something is really wrong.
I think Washington sticks because he's great at Special Teams, which is a focus this year. Ajirotutu sticks because he's getting really good at Special Teams, and because Jackson and Crayton are unsigned for 2012.
Tight Ends (3)
Sperry didn't need to do a lot to win the third TE job this year, but he's had a fantastic camp and could actually be viewed as a legitimate option to move up to 2nd on the depth chart in 2012.
Offensive Line (8)
Fingers crossed that Mooch is healthy when the season starts, and also that Steve Schilling can slip through waivers and land on the Chargers practice squad.
Offense Total: 24 players
Defensive Line (7)
At first, I was thinking the team would carry 8 D-linemen. Then I realized there probably aren't 8 guys good enough to make the team. Then I looked at the 7 above and thought "That is outstanding depth on the D-line".
Outside Linebackers (4)
They usually like more than 4. 5 is probably more fitting. Let me finish the rest of the team and see if there's room for everyone's favorite pass-rushing dynamo (Darryl Gamble).
Inside Linebackers (5)
Love this group. A mix of veteran leadership, young talent and special teams prowess. The position I was most worried about feels like a real strength after one game and the addition of Coop.
I have two reasons why they'll keep 5, when they usually start the season with just 3 or 4. The most important reason being that Gilchrist and Cason are being asked to be a part of the return game, and therefore have a bigger chance of getting injured. The second is that Shareece Wright might not slip through waivers, and the team needs to keep around a crop of young CBs around with Jammer playing his last seasons at CB before moving to Safety.
Three of those guys could theoretically play either FS or SS, and Gregory's ability to play Nickel CB would allow the team to go with just 4 CBs if they want.
Defense: 25 players
Total: 52 players for 53 spots.Well, let's see who will need to fight for that final spot...
On the bubble (guys that are not guaranteed spots):
Competing for final spot:
Which players do you think makes the final roster? If you choose more than one player from the dark horse list, make sure you also state which player from my roster above you'd take off.