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Guessing the San Diego Chargers 53-Man Roster

Quarterback Scott Tolzien #16 the San Diego Chargers drops back against the Seattle Seahawks.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Quarterback Scott Tolzien #16 the San Diego Chargers drops back against the Seattle Seahawks. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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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.

Quarterbacks (3)
Philip Rivers
Billy Volek
Scott Tolzien

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)
Ryan Mathews
Mike Tolbert
Jordan Todman

Todman has done nothing to kill the team's love towards him after they chose him in the draft.

Fullbacks (1)
Jacob Hester

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 Jackson
Malcom Floyd
Patrick Crayton
Seyi Ajirotutu
Kelley Washington
Vincent Brown

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)
Antonio Gates
Randy McMichael
Kory Sperry

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)
Marcus McNeill
Kris Dielman
Nick Hardwick
Louis Vasquez
Jeromey Clary
Tyronne Green
Scott Mruczkowski
Brandyn Dombrowski

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)
Luis Castillo
Antonio Garay
Corey Liuget
Jacques Cesaire
Cam Thomas
Ogemdi Nwagbuo
Vaughn Martin

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)
Shaun Phillips
Travis LaBoy
Antwan Barnes
Larry English

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)
Takeo Spikes
Donald Butler
Stephen Cooper
Jonas Mouton
Andrew Gachkar

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.

Cornerbacks (5)
Quentin Jammer
Antoine Cason
Marcus Gilchrist
Dante Hughes
Shareece Wright

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.

Safeties (4)
Eric Weddle
Bob Sanders
Steve Gregory
Darrell Stuckey

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


Specialists (3)
David Binn
Nate Kaeding
Mike Scifres

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):
Shareece Wright
Scott Tolzien
Andrew Gachkar
Vaughn Martin
Vincent Brown
Kelley Washington

Competing for final spot:
Bryan Walters
Darryl Gamble
James Holt
Richard Goodman
Kion Wilson
Bront Bird


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.