The San Diego Chargers will host the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night in the league’s preseason finale. Of course, the fourth preseason game is often considered the least important and least exciting. Just don’t tell that to the players fighting to make a roster in what will be the last time a few of these professionals take the field.
The Chargers have lost two trusted offensive veterans in Stevie Johnson and Brandon Oliver for the season this summer, which is going to force some young players to step up.
The Chargers made a handful of cuts earlier in the week to help get the roster down to the league-mandated 75 players. Included in those releases were quarterback Zach Mettenberger and wide receiver Javontee Herndon. For a full list of the team’s moves, click here.
With that said, a large group of players are only “safe” for now. The reality is only 53 players can make the final roster, so over 20 players will still be released. Those 20 guys will be playing for their professional lives against San Francisco.
Here, we’ve identified five of those players who will either be part of the team going forward, looking for work elsewhere, or fortunate enough to land one of the team’s 10 practice squad spots.
Read on for more.