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Los Angeles Chargers: Roster cuts tracker

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 13: Coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on as his team warms up before the start of their pre season football game against the Seattle Seahawks at StubHub Center August 13, 2017, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 13: Coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on as his team warms up before the start of their pre season football game against the Seattle Seahawks at StubHub Center August 13, 2017, in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The time has arrived. The dreaded cut-down day.

For many players in the NFL, Saturday will mark the finality of their journey as professional football players. For others, that dream continues. For fans, the 53-man roster finally takes shape after months of speculation.

The Los Angeles Chargers had some tough position battles to sort through when training camp opened and after four preseason games, there still doesn’t seem to be a clear-cut No.2 quarterback and the running game behind Melvin Gordon and Branden Oliver could be a mess.

Still, other players stepped up to show that they belonged on the roster. Defensive end Chris McCain had a terrific preseason and Desmond King looks like a future star. Undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler showed some nifty moves as well.

Do the Chargers keep three quarterbacks? Neither Kellen Clemens nor Cardale Jones were terribly impressive in their quest to be the team’s backup quarterback, but since Clemens has held that spot for multiple seasons and Jones didn’t really do anything to take it, you’d have to think that the veteran Clemens has a leg up in that discussion.

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So who makes the team and who doesn’t? That is the million dollar question as of right now. Throughout the day, we will be updating this post as we get news of each and every roster cut. So please, feel free to check back often and use the comment section to express your approval or displeasure of every move that is made. 

List of Cuts

Barrett Gouger

Dwight Lowery

Caraun Reid

Trovon Reed

Josh Lambo

Kenjon Barner

Kellen Clemens

Jeff Cumberland

Toby Allen

Mike Bercovici

Brett Boyko

Da’Ron Brown

Ryan Carrethers

Kyle Coleman

Michael Davis

Mike Estes

Randall Evans

Jamaal Jones

Mitchell Paige

Cameron Posey

Andre Patton

Artavis Scott

Brandon Stewart

Brad Watson

Matt Weiser

Andre Williams

Isaiah Burse

Tyreek Burwell

Donovan Clark

Kaleb Eulls

Kenneth Farrow

Joshua Perry

Many of the final cuts were confirmed by the team’s official website.

One of the bigger names on that list is that of Kellen Clemens who ended up losing the job to Cardale Jones. Jones played quire poorly in the preseason, but the Chargers must believe in his upside.

Kenjon Barner and Andre Williams were both cut loose in favor of undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler. Barner and Williams were both given ample opportunity in preseason and neither player did much of anything.

Jeff Cumberland and Michael Davis had their moments early in camp, so much so that both were probably considered locks to make the team at one point. However, it’s all about how you finish and both players, particularly Davis, fell flat when the lights turned on.

Disappointing undrafted rookie Artavis Scott was also let go, as was wide receiver Jamaal Jones, another player the team had high hopes for at one point.

Chargers released QB Kellen Clemens, RB Kenjon Barner, TE Jeff Cumberland and S Dwight Lowery. Clemens expected to return this week.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2017

The Chargers keep undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler as their No. 3 back. Released Kenjon Barner, waived Andre Williams.

— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) September 2, 2017

Chargers released K Josh Lambo, per source. Plan is to go w/ Younghoe Koo, who is from South Korea and didn't speak English until he was 12.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2017

Here’s another surprise. Josh Lambo has been beaten out by undrafted rookie Younghoe Koo, who hadn’t attempted a field goal until the final preseason game. Lambo missed eight extra points in his two seasons with the team.

The first cut of the day has been announced, and it is that of backup offensive lineman Barrett Gouger. Gouger played his college ball at Vanderbilt and was signed in early August by the Chargers. His release should come as no surprise.

Chargers cut former Vanderbilt center-guard Barrett Gouger

— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 2, 2017

Now we have a few surprises. Dwight Lowery, Caraun Reid and Trovon Reed have all been let go.

Dwight Lowery

Lowery was the team’s starting free safety last year and figured to have a strong case for that role this season. The team obviously felt otherwise.

I'm told the #Chargers have released veteran S Dwight Lowery.

— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 2, 2017

Caraun Reid

Reid showed a lot of promise before getting hurt last season but didn’t look like the same guy this summer. He was signed after final roster cuts last year when the Detroit Lions cut him loose.

Trovon Reed

This is a small surprise. Reed looked to be coming into his own as a rotational defensive back off the bench but the Chargers must have felt other defensive backs on the team had more promise. Reed has a good chance to be signed elsewhere.

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