In order to sign the three players earlier today, the Chargers made three corresponding cuts to their initial 53 man roster. For those additions, click here.
To create space for RB Andre Williams, Chargers waived TE Asante Cleveland, source said. Team at five RBs, three TEs.— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) September 4, 2016
To create roster space for CB Pierre Desir, Chargers have waived CB Steve Williams, source says: https://t.co/I90Igh958P— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) September 4, 2016
Per the Chargers official website, the two players above, as well as Chris Landrum (link) were released.
Asante Cleveland making the initial roster was a surprise to many fans, and most saw this cut coming soon. Still, the third-year TE may still be a practice squad candidate and clearly, the team likes him as he was kept around over some other young guys.
CB Steve Williams was a fifth-round pick in 2013, General Manager Tom Telesco’s first draft class with the Chargers. He didn’t see any game action in 2013 as he was on injured reserve the entire season from a pectoral injury suffered during the preseason. Williams played in 27 games during the 2014-2015 seasons, including two starts in the latter.
The team would later bring in other corners (Jason Verrett, Brandon Flowers, Craig Mager and now Casey Hayward) and Williams seemed to always be a bit lost in the shuffle, being behind all of them on the depth chart going into this season. With the addition of Pierre Desir, a taller corner from the Cleveland Browns, it made Williams expendable.
Chris Landrum was an undrafted rookie free agent out of Jacksonville State. Initially thought of as a long-shot to make the roster, he impressed the team enough with his strong pass rushing skills to secure a spot on the initial 53. It appeared the battle came down to him and Ben Gardner, now on the practice squad, for a roster spot. Will be interesting to see if the team has future plans for the promising OLB.