Predicting The Chargers 53 Man Roster v4.0

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Aug 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Fozzy Whittaker (34) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

And it is that time to look over that roster once again. There are a few differences from the UT. Here we go.

Quarterbacks (3)
QB1 Philip Rivers
QB2 Charlie Whitehurst
QB3 Brad Sorensen

Whitehurst earned his spot back on the roster. In my head, it still makes a ton of sense to keep just a couple of quarterbacks, but I can see the guys at the top keeping a 3rd quarterback this year.

Runningbacks (5)
RB1 Ryan Mathews
RB2 Danny Woodhead
RB3 Fozzy Whittaker
RB4 Edwin Baker
FB2 Leron McClain

Made some changes to this side of the roster. Whittaker and Baker now both make the roster and and Ronnie Brown hit the streets. I am not sure what use you can get out of Brown. He brings the same skill set as Danny Woodhead. Whittaker and Baker can bring some youth to the table. If Chris Gronkowski could play special teams, he might be worthy of a spot.

Tight Ends (3)
TE1 Antonio Gates
TE2 John Phillips
TE3 Ladarius Green

Ladarius Green is making a name for himself during this preseason. He is a force to mess with in the passing game. He could see more and more action as the season goes on.

Wide Receivers (5)
WR1 Malcom Floyd
WR2 Vincent Brown
WR3 Eddie Royal
WR4 Keenan Allen
WR5 Mike Willie

Still no use for Robert Meachem on this roster. I don’t know what he can do for this team. Mike Willie looks to be a better fit on the roster than him. The new addition of Seyi Ajirotutu should give Willie a little competition for that 5th spot on the roster. Nobody really else is.

Offensive Linemen (9)
LT1 King Dunlap
LG1 Chad Rinehart
C1 Nick Hardwick
RG1 Jeromey Clary
RT1 DJ Fluker
T Max Starks
G Rich Ohrnberger
G/C Stephen Schilling
C David Molk

We probably will be looking for more depth on this part of the roster when first cuts happen. We need any help we can get on this side of the ball.

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  • shane

    you dont think depalma has a chance to make it? he’s seemed solid/consistent throughout preseason. something the bolts don’t have in anybody else on the roster…

    • Ernie Padaon

      He’s dropped the ball as well. He has a shot for that 5th receiver spot. Not sure he has done enough to take it though

    • Peter Thompson

      After watching Willie take that hit, and then go get two td’s.. I am impressed. That, and he was on the PS last year.. he knows the veteran guys on the team. I’m rooting for him… DePalma seems like a slump-buster to me. Maybe we pick him up if ANOTHER receiver goes down later on.

  • Rob Base

    What about practice squad list Ernie? No Depalma or Beltre?

    • Ernie Padaon

      I like Beltre, his run defense isn’t so hot in my opinion though. Practice squad likely.

      • Peter Thompson

        I agree… watch the waiver wire.. he may get PS.

  • Will

    No use for MEACHEM??? He’s the best option we have at number two across from Floyd. Keenan will not make an impact as a rookie, he just won’t and brown will always be a slot receiver.

    • boltingindiego

      when vincent brown played in his rookie year he was an outside wr. Not just a slot wr.

    • Ernie Padaon

      I don’t even know if I should respond to you, because either way you are right and I am wrong.

  • Will

    And tutu is way better than Willie and cromartie is better than Patrick

    • Purcell jones

      I disagree Mike Willie hasn’t been given his fair shot like tutu has and remember hes been cut twice Mike hasn’t

  • arnie

    What are you talking about? Green scored a TD on 2nd string defense. it doesn’t mean squat. He’s a 2nd stringer at best. this team wins six games……blah, blah, blah ( sarcasm)

  • Daryl Peek

    Meachem is on the roster. No way they take that 5 million dollar cap hit for nothing.

    • Ernie Padaon

      Either way it is for nothing… His roster spot is more valuable than him actually being on the roster

      • Daryl Peek

        I disagree. He didn’t come with red flags like Gaither.

        • Ernie Padaon

          To me, I don’t care if he isn’t making a mess in the locker room.. He can’t produce on the field. That is all that matters. It’s a wasted roster spot. He hasn’t shown that he can produce on the field.

          • Peter Thompson

            Thank you.. if he produces in the next two weeks.. great. If not.. see ya! Paying someone big to not contribute is the definition of locker room cancer. Let’s hope he proves himself.

        • Peter Thompson

          What does that even mean?

    • arnie

      I do’t believe it either. we’ll have to wait an see. However there was No way they take cap hit for gaither either.

      • Daryl Peek

        Even more reason not to cut him. That’s too much dead cap money. And who knows? he just might produce. It’s not like he’s a disruptive attitude in the locker room.

        • arnie

          True he could produce, the place to find that out is in pre-season. so far it’s not good. as for dead cap space, i see there will be other cuts, that save the Chargers cash. stay tuned.

        • Peter Thompson

          The dead money is a dead issue if he is a dead player. Ask TT.. he’ll tell you.

  • Boltfan

    Could we move to Starks to RT so Fluker could play RG and get a little time to develop his pass blocking skills?

    • Mz. Sarah

      I think that Would be a bad idea moving Fluker. Yes there is room for improvement, but the vets screwed up more than he did. And he redeemed himself. Trust me when I say he is more motivated with his mental game than anyone else and he will do better. Being “built by Bama” is just that mindset some if guys need going in and he’s most def got that! #flukernation

      • Peter Thompson

        Roll tide!!!

    • Ernie Padaon

      Possible… But he is being groomed now… Might as well ride it out

      • BoltFan

        Could Starks go to RG instead of Clary?

        Starks is a big guy and if we can get him on the line at the same time as Fluker and Dunlap, I think we could have something there.

        That sack Clary gave up just ave me flashbacks! I figured Fluker could benefit having his rookie year at his natural position and then transition over next year. He’d have a whole year to adjust to the speed and learn what he could from Starks, a vet tackle (granted LT but still).

  • Bill Nichols

    Can somebody explain to me what do they mean when they say “training camp is over”…..? We still have 2 weeks of preseason games left, how the hell can training camp be over? Is this a roster reduction / training to “practice” transition…..? Never knew I was a preseason dumb-ass…. Hep me understand… Bolt Up!!

    • C.j. Manriquez

      they go into practice mode from now on bill…its a way for the team to get in an “in-season” practice routine. There is a Mike McCoy interview where he explains it is on the chargers website, posted on Sat I believe

  • Peter Thompson

    Did anyone see Scaffe make that play in the endzone in the Seattle game? He almost got him a safety.

  • Peter Thompson

    I’d give up a RB to make sure we had another DE or OLB. Baker & Fozzy need to fight it out.

  • Alter Ego

    The DB situation is a concern. I hope we pounce on who ever the Seahawks release. They have a tremendous wealth of talent worthy of NFL roster spots. We should be prudent and improve our own roster there.

  • C.Steele

    Good article Ernie. Mechem, I originally thought there is no way they get rid of him with the salary cap issues. However, in light of his performance (or lack there of) in the preseason I now see it as a very real possibility. Troutman, you really think they would cut him for schilling? Lastly, looking at that roster spells trouble for our special teams. The only real players in that area that stand out are Stuckey and Gachkar (sp?). #GoBolts!

    • Ernie Padaon

      troutman is on the edge. his first game was not very good. Second game was better. needs to show up real quick though

  • Jeremiah Fluke

    Troutman over Schilling