In a previous article of mine, I suggested some of the players that may not make the roster and are my “surprise” cut before the season starts. The player I thought may be the “surprise” cut was Charlie Whitehurst. After having coached Peyton Manning, Mike McCoy’s standards for QB have probably been set very high.
No settling for mediocrity.
My feelings that Mike Hermann would be cut came to fruition when the Chargers waived Hermann and signed free agent quarterback Nathan Enderle on Wednesday.
Out of the University of Idaho, in his 2009 season, Enderle led an offense that was ranked 9th in the nation. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. After the Bears waived him, he went to the Jacksonville Jaguars where he was eventually cut during pre-season, then ended up with the Tennessee Titans during the offseason. I’m guessing that the Chargers may keep 3 Quarterbacks on the active roster. If they only keep two, Whitehurst, Sorensen and Enderle will be fighting for the backup spot.
In other roster moves the Chargers waived injured Cornerback Chibuikem “Kenny” Okoro and signed free agent rookie Safety Tony Burnett out of USC. If Okoro clears waivers, Chargers will place him on the IR list according to Chargers.com.
Let’s hear your thoughts.
In a report on Chargers.com, the Bolts have made a couple moves tonight by signing free agent Safety Tony Burnett and waiving two others. The team announced that it has waived Mike Hermann and Kenny Okoro.
Burnett is a former USC Trojan and participated in Chargers rookie minicamp as was stated in the piece by Chargers.com.
Despite being a serious longshot, many fans had high hopes for the RPI Quarterback, Mike Hermann. Though he has some athleticism and looks the part, his numbers, at a much lower competition level, were not overly flashy. His story is a remarkable one, and you can read up on him by clicking here. I wish him nothing but the best in his pursuit of being an NFL Quarterback and beyond the playing field, as well.
Okoro was a guy that was talked about a little prior to the pads going on. He has been waived-injured and if he clears waivers he will then be placed on the reserve/injured list.
My guess would be that Burnett is solely a training camp body. But he could get his chance to show what he’s got on Special teams in San Diego.
Yesterday was the first time that the entire Charger team was assembled at Chargers Park. Well, almost the entire team.
Per NCAA rules, Keenan Allen, Steve Williams, Brandon Moore, and Mike Hermann must wait until their collegiate school years are fully completed prior to being able to join the Chargers for OTAs.
The expectation is that all of the rookies mentioned above will be joining the team as early as Wednesday and as late as the early part of next week.
The rule is in place to ensure that rookies have the opportunity to focus on their studies and finish up the school year without the hassle of worrying about their new NFL jobs. I would be willing to bet that they’d rather be at Chargers Park learning the playbook, practicing with their teammates and working on their craft to earn a spot on the roster. Call it an extreme form of “Senioritis” even for those of them that are not in their senior years of school.
The Chargers beginning camp and OTAs gets us one step closer to the season. We now have a little over three months until the first preseason game against Seattle. If you noticed on the homepage, we now have a countdown clock showing exactly how long we have until that game.
I think the excitement is already slowly starting to build around the Chargers. So is the media coverage as well.
Thanks a lot for reading.