Two weeks ago, I copied the Silver Fox and tried to guess all 53 men that would make the final cut for the San Diego Chargers roster. With 6 days left until those final cuts, and two important preseason games under my belt since my first guesses, I want another shot.
Changes: Sorry, Scott Tolzien. Carrying a 3rd QB on this roster just doesn't make enough sense. I hope to see you on the practice squad.
Running Backs (3)
Changes: None. Despite his fumble in the Cardinals game, Mathews has proved two weeks in a row that he's the big-play threat that the running game has been missing for a while. That's why he was drafted. Tomorrow I'll look deeper at the Mathews' fumble issue, but today each of these guys makes the team.
Changes: Stick with me here while I eat some crow. Bryan Walters has had a fantastic preseason and has done it during a time when Kelley Washington can't get on the field. I don't know that new coach Rich Bisaccia is going to beat a drum for Washington to stay, and that's just about the only thing that could keep him on the roster.
Richard Goodman has been too good on kick returns, and has a lot of potential as a Washington-like deep threat in the offense, to cut him. Especially when Gilchrist and Todman have gotten such limited return chances in preseason games. Also, don't underestimate how meaningful it was that Goodman made the tackle on the first Cardinals kickoff return on Saturday.
Tight Ends (3)
Offensive Line (8)
Changes: None. In the off chance that one of these guys gets seriously injured and has to get placed on IR, I think rookie Steve Schilling is next in line for a spot.
Offense Total: 24 players
Defensive Line (7)
Changes: None. I'm really starting to like the mix of veteran leadership and youth in this group.
Changes: Added Gamble, who is showing himself to be a solid pass-rusher and special teamer. With Phillips, LaBoy and English all missing the Cardinals game, it's obvious that they'll need as much depth here as possible.
Inside Linebackers (5)
Changes: Replaced Cooper with "New Coop", Kevin Bentley. This is personal preference. Right now it's a one-week race for Bentley to get comfortable in the defense, but Coop looked awful against AZ. They cannot be comfortable with the idea of him having to start any games.
Changes: None. I almost took off Wright, but I kept him on for the same reason I kept Vincent Brown: 3rd Round Picks do not get cut before their rookie season. Whatever reason A.J. Smith decided to draft these guys is not gone, and there's plenty of hope that the'll live up to their potential.
Changes: None. If there's an open spot somewhere, I could see one of the Special Team standout Safeties (Quinton Teal, C.J. Wallace) getting a spot for a while.
Defense: 26 players