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Chargers claim OL Michael Schofield off waivers, release CB Craig Mager

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 04: Defensive end Brian Robison
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 04: Defensive end Brian Robison

The final 53-man roster is never completely set until teams sort through the players that were released by other teams around the league.

The Los Angeles Chargers found two players on that proverbial scrap heap, bringing in both Michael Schofield and Jeff Richards, according to reports.

Schofield was chosen in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos but he struggled there. Former Broncos offensive lineman Mark Schlereth often had some harsh criticism for the former Michigan Wolverine.

I'm hearing more than 10 teams in on OL Michael Schofield if he clears waivers. Starter past 2 years at RT, RG will do that. #9sports

— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 3, 2017

The Chargers must like what they see in the versatile Schofield, who can play multiple positions along the line. This is the third former Broncos offensive lineman to be signed by the Chargers in the last few years, joining Orlando Franklin and Russell Okung.

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Jeff Richards was part of the cuts made by the Carolina Panthers. The 26-year old played at Emporia State in college but his professional experience has been relegated to the CFL. He had just five tackles in the preseason, but that was enough to convince the Chargers to give him a shot.

The Chargers released cornerback Craig Mager and wide receiver Geremy Davis to make room for the team’s new additions. Mager, a 2015 third-round pick, had been banged up during training camp and played poorly over the past three years. It made sense to cut ties with him.