Dec 21, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Buffalo Bulls running back Branden Oliver (32) during the second half of the Idaho Potato Bowl against the San Diego State Aztecs at Bronco Stadium. San Diego defeated Buffalo 49-24. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

A couple of Chargers roster moves

The San Diego Chargers made a couple of roster moves today. Nothing real exciting for the roster, but a running back that will compete for a spot on the practice squad. The team signed Branden Oliver as an undrafted free agent today. Oliver will have to do a lot in order to make the 53 man roster or some people will have to go down with an injury. Let’s just hope that is not the way that he finds his way on the roster.

At the running back position, the San Diego Chargers already have Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown locking down jobs. The team likely will have draft pick Marion Grice take a roster spot as well. That doesn’t leave many spots on the roster for him to make the squad. The team might not carry more than 4 backs on the roster.

San Diego fans might remember Oliver running wild on the Aztecs last season. He ran for 114 yards and had a touchdown in the game. He will get his opportunities to make the roster, but the practice squad looks like the best chance at a roster spot at this point.

In order to make room for Oliver, the team waived tackle Ian White and waived-injured Tobais Palmer.

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  • Nick Mansoor

    he looks good, not amazing, but good. He has a lot of work to do if he wants to make the final 53 man roster. He has Marion Grice and Kerwynn williams fighting for the same spot. He needs to wow the coaches. Grice will take the spot tho, sorry Branden Oliver.

  • Julien Bélair

    maybe they should redshirt Mathews during camp !

    • arnie


  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    We are serious about running backs this, our stable is deeper then ever.

    • arnie

      If you want to win games. Gotta’ run the football. Can’t have an injury keep them out of the playoffs, again.

      • powderBLUE801

        I love how we are stacking the running game. We were very slim last year and now we can breathe again.

        • Diegoblue

          Exactly that slimness killed us in the playoffs along with Wisenhunts soft ass play calling

  • vct

    Question: ufa who gets cut before start of season gets only a small payment, correct?

    • powderBLUE801

      Just so you know ufa is a really bad word in Samoan. You should use UDFA. Just a heads up.

      • ioane

        Haha sole, malo li

        • powderBLUE801


    • Stefanie Smith

      Yes. More like a stipend. If they get injured in camp, then they get an injury settlement. Not huge. Go over to and look at past seasons. You will see what we paid udfas and the payouts for the injured.

  • Rau

    Branden Oliver should certainly make the 53 men roster. He is a great running back who shouldn’t be unestimated. With a team like the Chargers, you will really get to see his talent.

  • Rob Base

    Craig Watts OG I could see making the roster. Maybe I’m crazy but dude has skills.

    • powderBLUE801
      • Rob Base

        That’s Chris Watt bro look up Craig Watts. Came in for a tryout and made roster today. Look him up when you get a sec.

        • powderBLUE801

          Lmao yes I did see that. I tried to erase my dumb comment. The west Texas a&m guy right?

          • Rob Base

            It’s all good bro! Check him out though.

          • powderBLUE801

            I just checked him out bro and I think he is a steal. We should have some good depth on the interior of the line this year. I love the big boys in the trenches. Most fans like the flashy RBs or fast WRs or great QBs. But as a big man myself I like the guys in the trenches cuz they are the true Heros that win games. But I like everyone on our roster equally. Another good addition boys BOLT UP.

          • Julien Bélair

            would be funny if in 2-3 years from now our two starting G would be Watt

          • Stefanie Smith

            You don’t make dumb comments.

          • powderBLUE801

            Why thank you ma’am.

  • rickochey

    seems like TT is trying to find the small quick back for returner or even a Sproles like player