Projecting the Los Angeles Chargers 53 Man Roster

Quarterbacks (2):

Justin Herbert, Chase Daniel

During last Saturday’s preseason game vs. the Cowboys, GM Tom Telesco stated that the team would carry 3 QBs on the roster. However, I feel Chase Daniel has proved himself as QB2 and despite the effort of Stick, he’s getting cut.

COSTA MESA, CA – JULY 27: Isaiah Spiller #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers participates in a drill during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on July 27, 2022 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Running Back (4):

Austin Ekeler, Isaiah Spiller, Larry Roundtree III, and Joshua Kelley

I disagree with GM Tom Telesco, who stated that they would keep 4 HBs on the roster; it’s important to know that rookie running back Isaiah Spiller suffered an ankle injury on Saturday. This causes Larry Roundtree just barely to make the roster.

COSTA MESA, CA – JULY 27: Zander Horvath #45 of the Los Angeles Chargers participates in a drill during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on July 27, 2022 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Fullback (1):

Zander Horvath

FB Gabe Nabers hasn’t proved anything during the preseason while the 7th round rookie Horvath has proved his worth.

COSTA MESA, CA – JULY 27: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers dances during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on July 27, 2022 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Wide Receivers (6):

Keenan Allen, Mike WIlliams, Josh Palmer, DeAndre Carter, Joe Reed, and Michael Bandy

Joe Reed looks like a servicable backup returner, and WR1/2, as well as he’s been balling out in the preseason. Carter was signed this past offseason to be the team’s main returner. Standout WR this preseason Michael Bandy has proved to me that he deserves a spot. Second year WR Josh Palmer has shown out and looks to be the WR3 this year. Jalen Guyton despite being the teams best deep threat, I don’t believe he should make the 53 man.

COSTA MESA, CA – JULY 27: Gerald Everett #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on July 27, 2022 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Tight End (3):

Gerald Everett, Donald Parham Jr., and Tre’ Mckitty

Should the Chargers keep 3 Tight Ends, these 3 seem to be the most obvious ones. Hunter Kampmoyer had a shot but a fumble in week 3 of the preseason wrapped that discussion up.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 09: Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue #91 of the Las Vegas Raiders rushes the passer while offensive tackle Rashawn Slater #70 of the Los Angeles Chargers blocks during the first half of a game at Allegiant Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 35-32 in overtime. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Offensive line (8):

Rashawn Slater, Matt Feiler, Corey Linsley, Zion Johnson, Trey Pipkins, Jamaree Salyer, Will Clapp, Brenden Jaimes

Slater is a top 10 LT in the league, so no changes there. Linsley, and Feiler proved last year as great OL, and rookie OG Zion Johnson balled out despite what PFF said about him. Jamaree Salyer, Wlll Clapp and Brendan Jaimes look to backup the starting 5.

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 13: Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Morgan Fox (56) during the NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Rams on August 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Defensive Line (6):

Joe Gaziano, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Austin Johnson, Morgan Fox, Otito Ogbonnia, Breiden Fehoko

Fehoko balled out this preseason, as did Morgan Fox. Otito dominated the run, and standout Joe Gaziano with 4 QB hurries. First round pick in 2019, Jerry Tillery gets the boot despite having an upside at pass rushing, his run defesne is to put it bluntly, atrocious. Doesn’t help that he showed nothing during the preseason against backups either.

Edge rusher (4):

Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack, Chris Rumph II, Jamal Davis II

Jamal Davis provides the Chargers with a backup EDGE spot with 2nd year EDGE out of Duke Chris Rumph. Aside from that, he can also backup Kyle Van Noy if Staley chooses to use him (Van Noy) as a mix of inside linebacker and EDGE.

COSTA MESA, CA – JULY 27: Kyle Van Noy #8 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during training camp at Jack Hammett Sports Complex on July 27, 2022 in Costa Mesa, California. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Linebacker (5):

Kyle Van Noy, Drue Tranquill, Kenneth Murray Jr., Troy Reeder, Amen Ogbongbemiga

I’ll be honest this is the most confusing position, as it’s hard to say who should make it. Amen Ogbongbemiga should make it however in my eyes.

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 13: Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis (43) defends during the NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Rams on August 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Cornerback (6):

JC Jackson, Asante Samuel Jr., Bryce Callahan, Michael Davis, Ja’Sir Taylor, Deane Leonard

Goodbye Brandon Sebastian! The Chargers are going to keep 6 corners likely due to the injury of JC Jackson. Other than that this is a good CB room.

INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 20: Safety Derwin James Jr. #3 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms before a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on August 20, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Safety (5):

Derwin James Jr., Nasir Adderley, JT Woods, Mark Webb, Alohi Gilman

The hope is that newly resigned safety Derwin James keeps it up, and Mark Webb shows out. Nasir Adderly has shown out in camp this offseason and has easily won the free safety job at least for now. JT Woods who I personally had high hopes for, did not do well this preseason as he had a ton of missed tackles.

Inglewood, CA – August 20: Place kicker Dustin Hopkins #6 of the Los Angeles Chargers prior to a NFL Pre-Season football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood in Inglewood on Saturday, August 20, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Specialists (3):

K Dustin Hopkins, P J.K. Scott, LS Josh Harris

These guys were always making the roster. No need to explain.

 

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