Most significant move: The Chargers cut former starting fullback (and special-teams ace) Jacob Hester and fellow running back Edwin Baker, a seventh-round pick. The Chargers will go with the likes of Ronnie Brown, Le’Ron McClain, Jackie Battle and Curtis Brinkley early in the season if starter Ryan Mathews (broken clavicle) can’t play in the first couple of games. It was a no-brainer that the team kept kicker Nate Kaeding over Nick Novak. Kaeding, who was replaced by Novak after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in Week 1 last year, was better than Novak in camp and in the preseason.
The Chargers revealed their 53-man roster Friday night after making their final cuts. As expected, just two QBs were kept, K Nate Kaeding will retain his job after missing most of last season with a torn ACL and WR Vincent Brown (broken ankle) will be given a shot to compete this season.
COMMENTARY | After breaking his ankle in the preseason, San Diego Chargers 2011 third-round pick Vincent Brown will be able to go on injured reserve in 2012 due to a rule change that was passed on Thursday, August 30, 2012, and still help his team during the regular season.
The San Diego Chargers’ backup plan at offensive tackle will not include veterans Anthony Davis or Mario Henderson, as Michael Gelkhen of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that both linemen have been released.