First off, I would like to say it is good to be back. I’ve had a long break from writing due to starting a new job and getting Married (2 weeks ago). I’m glad it’s football season again and happy to see the site doing well. Now without further delay, lets get to the predictions.
Well I already know I am going to get a lot of people disagreeing with me here, but that’s half the fun. I went back and re-watched all the games and I have come up with 2 lists. What I would do if I was GM, and what I think will actually happen. Since I will explain everything below, lets jump right into it!
What I wish would happen What I think will Actually Happen
Offense – 25 Offense – 24
QB – 2 QB – 2
Philip Rivers Philip Rivers
Kellen Clemens Kellen Clemens
Quarterback was pretty easy for me. With the huge need we have for an extra body on both sides of the line, carry 3 QB’s doesn’t make much sense. With Sorensen’s preseason performance, he should be a safe bet to make it to the practice squad without getting picked up by another team, but even if he does, he obviously isn’t our future starter so in my eyes, not a big loss.
RB – 4 RB – 4
Ryan Mathews Ryan Mathews
Danny Woodhead Danny Woodhead
Donald Brown Donald Brown
Marion Grice Marion Grice
Running back is also pretty straight forward this year. The top 3 are a lock. The 4th position came down to Oliver and Grice. Grice, along with actually being drafted, did enough this pre-season to put himself ahead of Oliver and wins the final spot.
TE – 4 TE – 4
Antonio Gates Antonio Gates
Ladarius Green Ladarius Green
John Phillips John Phillips
David Johnson David Johnson
With no dedicated FB this year, we carry 4 TE’s. Gates is getting older and is a pretty terrible blocker, but he is healthy, can find seams better than my Vietnamese tailor, and catches everything. Green is due for a breakout season, and if Gates goes down to an injury, could wind up as a top 5 fantasy TE. Phillips is a football player and worth keeping. Johnson is a monster when used as a FB, and in my opinion, under utilized as a passer so he earns the last spot.
WR – 6 WR – 6
Keenan Allen Keenan Allen
Malcom Floyd Malcom Floyd
Eddie Royal Eddie Royal
Vincent Brown Vincent Brown
Dontrell Inman Dontrell Inman
Seji Ajirotutu Seji Ajirotutu
This is the last position that I think the team will do what I want. Allen and Floyd are the only “locks” here, however I think based on familiarity with the team/Rivers, keeps Royal and Brown here as well. Inman earned a spot here. He was the most impressive new WR on this roster. He was top 10 in the league this pre-season for Rec Yards and was 2nd in YPC for players with 5 or more receptions. The last spot was hard. I think Tutu takes the slight edge over Javontee Herndon due to size and experience. Herndon should be the first player they offer a PS spot too.
OL – 9 OL – 8
Nick Hardwick Nick Hardwick
DJ Fluker DJ Fluker
King Dunlap King Dunlap
Chat Rinehart Chat Rinehart
Johnny Troutman Johnny Troutman
Chris Watt Chris Watt
Rich Ohrnberger Rich Ohrnberger
Willie Smith Willie Smith
The first 7 players on each of these lists are pretty solid locks to be there in my opinion. Willie Smith won the battle over Mike Harris. Harris will likely be on a short list of people to call if an injury happens but his liability against speed rushers drops him off this list for the team. However I kept Mike Harris…for now. Clary is starting the season on the PUP and when he comes back we will need to let someone go. Harris is good insurance due to his time with the team but can be replaced with Clary when he comes back.
Defense – 25 Defense – 26
DL – 6 DL – 6
Sean Lissemore Sean Lissemore
Corey Liuget Corey Liuget
Kendall Reyes Kendall Reyes
Ryan Carrethers Ryan Carrethers
Lawrence Guy Lawrence Guy
Doug Worthington Tenny Palepoi
Again, the first 3 players on these lists are locks to make the team. With the injury to Kwame Geathers, Carrethers is a lock too. Lawrence Guy was injured but he makes the team based on past performance, and the lackluster performance of our new D-Linemen. Doug Worthington makes the team as the most experienced DT we have left on the roster, plus he looked solid in limited action. I have the Chargers keeping an extra D-Lineman due to injury concerns, so UDFA Tenny Palepoi makes the team.
OLB – 5 OLB – 5
Melvin Ingram Melvin Ingram
Jarret Johnson Jarret Johnson
Jerry Attaochu Jerry Attaochu
Dwight Freeney Dwight Freeney
Cordarro Law Tourek Williams
All of the first 4 players on both lists are locks. I am a little biased against Tourek, honestly I’m just not a fan. So I was trying to pick between Law and Keiser. Law won out for me for 2 reasons: 1) He is a better pass rusher (good bull rush, good hands) 2) He is better against the run. Keiser is better when dropping back in coverage, but Law will be used as a pass rusher when he is on the field so I’m not as worried about it.
ILB – 5 ILB – 5
Donald Butler Donald Butler
Manti Te’o Manti Te’o
Kavell Conner Kavell Conner
Andrew Gachkar Andrew Gachkar
Reggie Walker Reggie Walker
I think this is pretty well set. Not a whole lot of extra choices here and the team likes these guys.
CB – 5 CB – 5
Jason Verrett Jason Verrett
Shareece Wright Shareece Wright
Brandon Flowers Brandon Flowers
Steve Williams Steve Williams
Greg Ducre Richard Marshall
The first 4 are locks. The 5th CB was a hard choice for me. First off, I know the team has been experimenting with Marshall at S the last few weeks and I love that idea because it means Gilchrist is expendable. So I moved Marshall to the Safeties. That left the last CB spot down to Greg Ducre, Chris Davis, and Crezdon Butler. Butler is unique because he would be the only CB 6′ or taller on the roster, but in my opinion, Ducre and Davis outplayed him. Both Ducre and Davis had very good pre-seasons. Davis has the slight edge on special teams, but Ducre is a tackler, and this defense needs tacklers in a bad way. Ducre takes it the last spot and I cross my fingers we can stash Davis on the practice squad.
S – 4 S – 4
Eric Weddle Eric Weddle
Jaleel Addae Jaleel Addae
Darrell Stuckey Darrell Stuckey
Richard Marshall Marcus Gilchrist
Weddle and Addae are pretty well locked in. Stuckey earns a spot again due to his awesome special teams play and being decent on the field. If we have to start him at any point though, I will be slightly worried. I moved Marshall here due to the team trying him at S and his ability to also play CB. The team however, seems to really like Gilchrist so they will likely keep him at backup SS.
ST – 3 ST – 3
Nick Novak Nick Novak
Mike Scifres Mike Scifres
Mike Windt Mike Windt
All 3 of these guys are a given. Novak was VERY reliable last year, and seems to have more power this year after kicking that 55 yarder last night (which would have been good 2-3 more yards back) and his kickoffs look a little deeper too. Scifres is a beast, not going anywhere. Windt has been dependable at long snapper and keeps his job again.
Practice Squad – 10
2 Released players from other teams
All of these guys deserve PS spots, and I wish I could find them spots on the active roster. I think we bring back Nick Becton who was released in the 1st round of cuts, if you follow me on twitter you know I really like him. I also think we bring in 2 other players, likely a LB and either a DL or OL. If we don’t grab 2 outside players, the last two spots would be Tevin Reese and Chas Alecxih
While we are just 5 days into training camp, it’s never too early to start thinking about the 53 man roster. Kevin Acee and Michael Gehlken have taken their first stab at it. For our purposes, we are looking to you the fans to collaboratively come up with who you think will make up the 53 man roster.
Below, you will find a link that allows you to pick your 53 man roster from all the players currently on the team. Keep in mind, it’s less important where they are ranked vs. ensuring the players are in the top 53 rankings. So for example: Ranking Philip Rivers #1 is obvious, but he could be #53 in your list, so long as he’s on there. Anyone ranked 54 and beyond is considered a cut. I’ve ordered the players by position. You can start by clicking on a player and then you’ll see the numbers show up in the boxes next to them to help you see where your 53 starts and ends. You can then use the drop down to assign numbers or drag and drop guys within the list.
It’s your turn to play Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy Lots of competition in camp…will Eddie Royal make your 53? After a few days, we will collect results and share those out with you for who you all think makes the team. I’ll also post some guys who are on the bubble or that received roster votes. Look forward to seeing who your 53 are.
Over the next month and a half the coaches and front offices of all 32 teams in the NFL have numerous decisions to make with their rosters. The Chargers will have, at a minimum, 45 decisions to make.
San Diego currently has 90 players signed to their roster, according to chargers.com. By 4pm EST on the 27th of August, 48 days from now, clubs must be down to 75 players. This gives the Chargers training camp and 3 preseason games to decide the fate of 15 players.
Then the real work begins. Just 4 days later, by 6pm EST on August 31st, the Chargers must shed another 22 players and start compiling the list for the 8 player practice squad who can be signed starting 6 hours later.
This means that over the next 52 days Mike McCoy and Tom Telesco have to evaluate 90 players and identify 37 players that will not help the Chargers this year on the 53 man roster. Then at the same time, find 8 players that would not be helpful enough for the active roster, but are too valuable to let go completely and place them on the practice squad.
This short amount of time to make decisions on these young men’s careers shows you just how important training camp and preseason games are. When you take into account that the starters play usually 1 full half in game 2 and possibly more in game 3, most of the players only have 4 halves of football to try to get on the field and show what they can do in a game.
So, who is going to be asked to clean out their locker between now and August 31st? Let’s start to limit it down by listing the “locks” to make the team.
Philip Rivers – QB, Ryan Mathews – RB, Antonio Gates – TE, Malcolm Floyd – WR, Denario Alexander – WR, Keenan Allen – WR, Max Starks – T, Nick Hardwick – C, D.J. Fluker – T, Jeromey Clary – T, Kendall Reyes – DE, Corey Liuget – DE, Cam Thomas – DT, Jarret Johnson – OLB, Dwight Freeny – OLB/DE, Donald Butler – MLB, Manti Te’o – MLB, Derrick Cox – CB, Shareece Wright – CB, Marcus Gilchrist – DB, Eric Weddle – FS, Brandon Taylor – SS, Nick Novak – K, Mike Scifres – P, Mike Windt – LS
That is 25 players that, in my opinion, already are written in ink on the final 53 man roster. Which means there are 65 players competing for the remaining 28 roster spots. Check back soon for my prediction of how that competition will play out.
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