Morning Dump

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.

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  • Ignatius

    I don’t like the fact that the team is quite thin at the offensive line. I hope I’m wrong.

    • Ernie Padaon

      I hate how thin it is there

      • Ignatius

        It’s so thin that the season hasn’t begun and the team already is down to a rookie undrafted tackle and have only one backup for all four positions, except center, just imagine Randy McMichael filling in at the tackle position, the horror!

  • Mike Novice

    Anyone including ace reporter Booga think that this isn’t Smith’s ego team better check again. Mouton over Byrd, yeah Mouton was really impressive. Byrd was totally better than Mouton in camp and the preseason. But Mouton was Smith’s pick just as was English and they both made the team.Jarret Johnson made it through preseason when he wasn’t nursing injurys, but Barnes was clearly the better OLB during this time. But Smith went out and got Johnson so he’ll start before Ingram and Barnes. I give Johnson 6 weeks till he’s injured and on the sideline. Meachum didn’t show us much of anything, but I’d bet he’d start in front of Brown as Floyd is listed as #2 WR. What a joke, this shows the respect Floyd is given by Smith, and again it was Smith’s move to go get him. Lee was clearly the better 2nd QB in preseason and his release and quickness bodes well for our Oline, but Smith went out and got the QB they cut last year, it’s his guy. The team takes 2nd to Smith’s ego. Smith refused to go out and get some freeagents to fill our Oline needs, but he keyed on our DL because they were really lacking. This is just as Spanos wanted it at the end of last year when he held on to his Coach and GM. He knew Rivers was getting older, but Rivers could do without a good Oline right? Then he dismisses a great rookie QB that we might need in a year or two. Richard Goodman was his guy so Seji Arietutu, then Willie and Embree(who showed his size and strenghth were a plus in recieving) were let go. This shows that being picked by Smith in the draft is a shoe in for making the team. let a freeagent show up his pick, never. Never show weakness whether it brings your team down or not. Ego will not get you in the Superbowl, you can bet on it!!!