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NFL Roster Cuts: Prediction for San Diego Chargers 53-man roster

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All of the preseason games have been played and tomorrow is the "final cut day" for NFL teams to reduce their rosters to 53 players. Nothing is left now but to predict which 53 players the San Diego Chargers will keep.

Harry How

Now that the San Diego Chargers have played their final preseason game, and there's nothing more than will affect the team's decisions for roster cuts tomorrow, here is my prediction for the 53-roster that the team will have come Monday morning.

Offense

Quarterback (3)

  • Philip Rivers
  • Charlie Whitehurst
  • Brad Sorensen

Running Back (5)

  • Ryan Mathews
  • Danny Woodhead
  • Fozzy Whittaker
  • Ronnie Brown
  • Le'Ron McClain

Wide Receivers (6)

  • Malcom Floyd
  • Vincent Brown
  • Keenan Allen
  • Eddie Royal
  • Seyi Ajirotutu
  • (Free Agent WR that's been released by another team)

Tight Ends (3)

  • Antonio Gates
  • John Phillips
  • Ladarius Green

Offensive Line (7)

  • King Dunlap
  • Chad Rinehart
  • Nick Hardwick
  • Jeromey Clary
  • D.J. Fluker
  • Rich Ohrnberger
  • Mike Harris

(I don't feel great about the Mike Harris selection. That could easily be Nick Becton, but I went with Harris because he has gotten way more reps with the first and second team offensive lines than Becton has. It could also be a free agent they find from somewhere else. Point is, they need a swing tackle and Max Starks can't possibly be trusted to be that guy at this point.)

Defense

Defensive Line (7)

  • Corey Liuget
  • Cam Thomas
  • Kendall Reyes
  • Kwame Geathers
  • Damik Scafe
  • Jarius Wynn
  • Brandon Moore

(There's my surprise to make the team right there. Moore has great size, looked really good against the 49ers last night, and they're going to need someone that can play Damik Scafe's role if Scafe is hurt for the next few weeks. Moore was also fantastic against the Bears, and hasn't been bad otherwise.)

Linebackers (9)

  • Dwight Freeney
  • Jarret Johnson
  • Larry English
  • Donald Butler
  • Manti Te'o
  • Bront Bird
  • D.J. Smith
  • Andrew Gachkar
  • Thomas Keiser

Defensive Backs (10)

  • Derek Cox
  • Shareece Wright
  • Eric Weddle
  • Marcus Gilchrist
  • Brandon Taylor
  • Darrell Stuckey
  • Richard Marshall
  • Johnny Patrick
  • William Middleton
  • Jahleel Addae

Special Teams (3)

  • Mike Windt
  • Nick Novak
  • Mike Scifres
Summary-Notes

Brad Sorensen was my last guy in, which means he could very well be out. Especially if the team wants 8 offensive linemen. I'm less high on him as a developmental player now that I know that he's 25 years old.

Ronnie Brown was my second-to-last guy in, which could also be bad news for him. Fozzy Whittaker and Danny Woodhead have essentially made Brown expendable, and he showed nothing in the preseason to convince me that he's worth a roster spot. He only got in because I put in everyone I thought would make the team and had two open spots left. I'd rather the team carry 7 WRs than 5 RBs, personally.

Robert Meachem would've made the team, but his concussion last night makes me think he'll end up on IR instead. Maybe as the guy that the team can bring back later in the season. I don't believe the team can release him if he's injured, but I could be wrong about that because preseason rules are different.

I really like the flexibility of the offensive line. Between Dunlap, Clary and Ohrnberger, they can really shape-shift into any arrangement to account for any injuries.

You need all of those cornerbacks because of the Broncos and any other spread-style offense the Chargers will face this season.

Jahleel Addae makes Sean Cattouse redundant.

Thomas Keiser over Tourek Williams would've been tough a few weeks ago, but Keiser has looked great in the last two games for San Diego. They need a pass rusher in that spot and he's the closest thing to it on the roster right now.

Ohrnberger starting over David Molk last night immediately removed Molk from the "safe" list.

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