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San Diego Chargers that are "on the bubble" for the 53-man roster cut

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Fifty-three men will make the San Diego Chargers final roster on Saturday. Tonight's preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers will only matter to a few of them.

Christian Petersen

Kyle Posey put together his 53-man prediction for the San Diego Chargers roster following Saturday's roster cuts earlier this week, but I'm doing something a little different here. I want to put together a list of players who might actually be able to improve or worsen their chances of making the roster with their performance against the San Francisco 49ers tonight.

These 36 players are "safe"

  • Philip Rivers, QB
  • Ryan Mathews, RB
  • Danny Woodhead, RB
  • Malcom Floyd, WR
  • Vincent Brown, WR
  • Keenan Allen, WR
  • Antonio Gates, TE
  • John Phillips, TE
  • Ladarius Green, TE
  • King Dunlap, OT
  • Chad Rinehart, OG
  • Nick Hardwick, C
  • Jeromey Clary, OG/T
  • D.J. Fluker, OT
  • David Molk, C
  • Corey Liuget, DE
  • Cam Thomas, NT
  • Kendall Reyes, DE
  • Damik Scafe, DE
  • Jarius Wynn, DE
  • Kwame Geathers, NT
  • Dwight Freeney, OLB
  • Jarret Johnson, OLB
  • Manti Te'o, ILB
  • Donald Butler, ILB
  • Larry English, OLB
  • Shareece Wright, CB
  • Derek Cox, CB
  • Richard Marshall, CB
  • Eric Weddle, FS
  • Marcus Gilchrist, SS/CB
  • Brandon Taylor, SS
  • Darrell Stuckey, FS
  • Nick Novak, K
  • Mike Scifres, P
  • Mike Windt, LS

That means that, realistically, Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy have 39 guys to fill 17 roster spots. Barring injury, all of them will get on the field tonight against the 49ers and will be given one final chance to impress the coaching staff and the General Manager.

These 39 players are "on the bubble"

  • Jahleel Addae, S
  • Seyi Ajirotutu, WR
  • Nick Becton, OT
  • Frank Beltre, OLB
  • Bront Bird, ILB
  • Cornelius Brown, CB
  • Ronnie Brown, RB
  • Sean Cattouse, S
  • Ben Cotton, TE
  • Marcus Cromartie, CB
  • Phillip Dillard, ILB
  • Andrew Gachkar, ILB
  • Greg Gatson, CB
  • Richard Goodman, WR/KR
  • Logan Harrell, DE
  • Jerrell Harris, OLB
  • Mike Harris, OT
  • Michael Hill, RB
  • Josh Johnson, CB
  • Thomas Keiser, OLB
  • Le'Ron McClain, FB
  • Robert Meachem, WR
  • William Middleton, CB
  • Daniel Molls, ILB
  • Brandon Moore, DE
  • Rich Ohrnberger, OG
  • Johnny Patrick, CB
  • Randy Richards, OT
  • David Rolf, TE
  • Eddie Royal, WR/PR
  • Steven Schilling, OG/OT
  • D.J. Smith, ILB
  • Brad Sorensen, QB
  • Max Starks, OT
  • Luke Tasker, WR
  • Johnnie Troutman, OG
  • Charlie Whitehurst, QB
  • Fozzy Whittaker, RB
  • Tourek Williams, OLB

There are a few veterans that could possibly miss tonight's game and still make the team (Starks, Royal, Whitehurst, Brown), but they're certainly not guarantees because the regime that brought them in and valued them highly is gone.

So, those are your guys to keep an eye on tonight. Good performances or bad performances by any of them could change the shape of the Chargers final 53-man roster.

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