Predicting The Chargers 53 Man Roster v3.0

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Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Donald Butler (56) on the sidelines during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Defensive Linemen (6)
DE1 Corey Liuget
NT1 Cam Thomas
DE2 Kendall Reyes
NT2 Kwame Geathers
DE3 Jarius Wynn
DE4 Damik Scafe

On the bubble/on the outs:
The depth here is terrible. Hopefully we can find some players in free agency that can help out.

Middle Linebackers (5)
MLB1 Donald Butler
MLB2 Manti Te’o
MLB3 Bront Bird
MLB4 DJ Smith
MLB5 Andrew Gachkar

On the bubble/on the outs:
Need to keep Gachkar on the roster for his ability on special teams. We need to keep tose strong special teams players.

Outside Linebackers (5)
OLB1 Dwight Freeney
OLB2 Jarret Johnson
OLB3 Larry English
OLB4 Tourek Williams
OLB5 Thomas Keiser

On the bubble/on the outs:
Frank Beltre is pushing for a spot on the roster. He will have to make plays these next couple of preseason games to steal the roster spot from Keiser.

Secondary (10)
CB1 Derek Cox
CB2 Shareece Wright
FS1 Eric Weddle
SS1 Marcus Gilchrist
S Brandon Taylor
NB Johnny Patrick
CB4 Steve Williams
S Darrell Stuckey
S Sean Cattouse
S Jahleel Addae

On the bubble/on the outs:
The 2nd and 3rd stringers looked terrible in the first preseason game, but a lot of those guys that got burned will be on the streets after we make our cuts. Still have a decent group of guys here.

Special Teamers (3)
K Nick Novak
P Mike Scifres
LS Mike Windt

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  • Sergio Quintero

    Have to find corner5 and DE4 somewhere, this roster doesn’t have them. Have a feeling that both FB’s wont make the team.

    On offense I’m not buying OG’s 3 & 4, I’ll keep Troutmann because he’s probably the most talented of the backups, but they have bring in someone else to this roster.

  • Alter Ego

    Looks like a realistic roster Ernie.
    I would give the nod to Fozzy over McClain…or Brown even. I was impressed with his burst – I like him.
    I also like DePalma and Tasker over Goodman. I’m ok with taking a knee on KOs and starting at the 20…better than starting at the 15…16…or 17. I think both of them would be good Chargers – they want to play.
    Meachem – it would be great if we could trade him back to the WR needy Saints for maybe some beads or McDonalds gift certificate.

    • joerockt

      Tasker. Interesting. Didn’t he just make one great catch? Was that enough to get him on the roster??

      • arnie

        Yup. don’t sleep on him. This team is looking to win now, and for the future. Tasker looked like guy if you gave him a chance, he could make some plays for you.

    • Stefanie Smith

      With all the great articles that Acee is now posting about Meachem being beat up and done, no one will pick him up and absorb any of his contract.

      • joerockt

        Acee is such a waste of O2…

  • Cgoodness13

    So before we talk about cutting Meachem, what exactly will happen if we do contract wise?

  • Gunnar Martin

    I think I’d rather keep Beltre over Cattouse/Addae. We could really use that OLB depth, and we definitely have our share of safeties (especially with B. Taylor on his way back).

    • FitzWilly

      from what i saw, watching the game for the second time
      Catthouse is in the Doghouse
      he sucked big hairy balls
      not giving up on Addae yet

      • joerockt

        lol, I keep saying Cat-house too lol

      • Stefanie Smith

        FitzWilly: What did you see wrong in Cattouse’s performance? Didn’t he make a bunch of tackles in the game?

        • FitzWilly

          every time I saw him, he was missing tackles
          his coverage is average
          i could count at least 3 times where I said
          WTF is Cathouse doing
          i just don’t see him as a bonafide NFL starter

        • FitzWilly

          need i say more

        • Gunnar Martin

          I must say, I’m with Fitz here. Sure, he made a few tackles, but if you look beyond what most viewers see, it’s pretty obvious that he screwed up a lot. Making tackles doesn’t always mean you did a great job (if that makes sense).

          • FitzWilly

            amen brother

          • Stefanie Smith

            He had the most tackles for the Chargers. Think it was 7. And he may have screwed up, but what were the other players competing for his spot doing?

  • Cgoodness13

    I think fozzie and depalma make it over brown and goodman, I herd they are both decent returners and we still have royal also who is a BA returner (though injury prone). And I’d also like to add the special teams that played last week where mostly undrafted FAs.

  • joerockt

    Sorensen > CBJ. That is all.

    No way we’re keeping both Gronk and McClain. One of them has to go. And we’re not just going 3 deep on RB’s with Captain Clavicle around, so I would say Whittaker makes it.

    Tight End group is solid.

    If DePalma keeps playing the way he’s been, he should make the team, but I would rather them bring in a guy like Lloyd. Remember, we’re not rebuilding here, we need to bring in guys that are proven to help a team win. And yes, if Meachump continues to show his lousy play in camp and games, cut him.

    O line looks good, but really concerned about the depth. Hopefully a lot of the issues we saw last game were just assignment issues and the fact that CBJ was holding the ball for a decade or two.

    I don’t remember seeing Wynn play last week. What does that tell you? Yes, we’re in trouble when Reyes and Liuget sub out.

    MLB’s are somewhat solid. Was not impressed with Te’os first outing. Did he even make a solid solo tackle?

    • Sergio Quintero

      Agree on only carrying 3 RB’s, but its so hard to evaluate the young RB’s because OLine 2 & 3 was so bad. I felt sorry for Michael Hill, every time he got the ball he was surrounded, no way to do anything.

      I want an extra TE, instead of a fullback, since Phillips was on the field so much when Rivers played.

      • joerockt

        I think Hill will make the practice squad unless he shows some serious flashes in the next few games to overtake Whittaker.

        I’m ok with that TE group. None of the other guys really stood out to me.

        • Stefanie Smith

          I just checked around on NFL.com. T’eo sort of fizzled out in the first pre-season. Plus, he is injured now and not playing in the 2nd game against the Bears.

          • JoseSD

            The starting defense was on for 9 plays and if I remember correctly Wilson had to scramble 3 times, on 2 passes one was incomplete and he threw a completion to Kearse who was covered by Stuckey. One run play Wright tackled Christine Michael at the line of scrimmage. On the other 3 run plays T’eo was blocked by the FB once on the play. He looked good covering the TE and I think he came out once on 3rd down when they had a nickle defense. So I thinks it’s unfair to say he was invisible or fizzled out like I’ve heard a few say since he was only in for about 8 plays and the defense as a whole did their job holding them on 3rd down and only allowing 2 first downs in 2 possessions

  • Sergio Quintero

    John Phillips played almost every play when the 1st teamers were on the field, meaning this will be a heavy 2 TE offense. I don’t think carrying 3 TE’s is enough, and I don’t really like the young TE’s at the back end of the roster. So bringing an extra veteran blocking specialist might be a reasonable way to go.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Update: I just read Sergio’s comment and it looks like they are going that route. Forget my question.

  • Stefanie Smith

    “If a player leaves the team before his contract expires, the remaining prorated portion of the bonus is counted immediately, in a lump sum, against the cap. Dead money also can carry a hidden advantage to an owner because it allows a team to use up salary-cap space without spending anything more. Some NFL owners have been known to intentionally create dead money.”

    This year Meachem’s contract has an impact of $10,625,000 in dead money. No, we probably won’t release him.

    • arnie

      i nominate Stefanie to look up all the league rules an stuff….

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      that is $3,750,000 over his cap number already… so we are paying an extra $3+ just to get him off the roster

      • Rob Base

        That blows! No other teams want him either.

  • Stefanie Smith

    What I found interesting is that Harbaugh is sort of putting one of his first round picks on the back seat, because he is not performing. The NFL writer was saying that “Harbaugh won’t be a slave to Jenkins’ lofty draft status. After all, Harbaugh didn’t let Jenkins get on the field last season after drafting him in the first round.” If the draft picks don’t work out, no matter what round they were chosen, they shouldn’t be used.

    • arnie

      draft status should only reflect a teams interest, not an entitlement. I wish more franchise would see this way. couldn’t agree more with Coach

  • arnie

    Good list Ernie. just a few thoughts…
    QB: i’m not convinced they keep 2 QB’s that was something norv an aj decided since Rivers wasn’t going anywhere. So i made since to not waste the spot. Still does. While CBJ was un-impressive, he was pressured all night an meachum did not help his cause. If Charlie had the protection Rivers had, i believe we see a different result. As the back-up, he would be behind the ones n a real game. Now as bad as CBJ played, Sorensen is a rookie i’m less comfortable with that. The other side, good QB are hard to find, and in a pinch, it might be good to have something to trade.
    RB: i think Brown is on that bubble, an Fozzy is in. age is a factor, and while being able to help in the passing game, woodhead, mathews, and even gronkowski can fill that role. Brown is good insurance if mathews goes down, but Baker an Fozzy have proved they can pick up the slack in camp. If McCoy wants versatility at RB, Browns stock may be fading. As for FB, i agree with joe. it either or. right now Gronkowski is the less injured of the two, and in this case, youth my have the edge. Bottom line, if the young player can equal the production, why not save some money?

  • JoseSD

    Don’t agree with keeping two FB or both Addae and Cattouse it should be one or the other. And only 2 NTs? Cutting one FB and either cattouse or addae would allow for an extra D linemen and maybe keep Depalma or tasker.

  • Rob Base

    Get rid of McLain, Brown and Goodman. Waste of roster space and money. Meach isn’t going anywhere which really sucks. Dudes like DePalma, Tasker Fozzy bear are hungry to produce for the team and are a cheaper option.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Just for the record – Ronny Brown does not make a lot of money. In fact, T’eo and Ingram make more than he does. Guys you are talking about are not causing a money problem: Ronny Brown has no guaranteed money, makes under a mill a year. McClain has bigger guaranteed money, but not really big time.

  • Jim

    Whittaker is a player. We need a dynamic guy in the backfield, not a one-tool specialist. C’MON FOZZY!

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