Hayes Pullard played a much larger role on defense last season, seemingly taking the job of second-year linebacker Jatavis Brown toward the end of the season.
A seventh-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2015, Pullard is playing for his third team as a member of the Chargers. He hasn’t been able to catch on as a difference maker on a team and that’s not an accident. He’s a rotational linebacker who should see 15-20 snaps a game.
But the Chargers addressed the linebacker position in the draft, selecting Uchenna Nwosu in the second round and Kyzir White, who should see plenty of time at linebacker, in the fourth round.
For me, that makes Pullard expendable.
Pullard did set a career high with 74 tackles last season while adding an interception, but with the two rookies the team selected, the team may be able to move on from Pullard or even Kyle Emanuel, who could just as easily be on this list.
This isn’t to say that Pullard will be cut because defensive coordinator Gus Bradley seems to have an affinity for him. But he’ll absolutely be a guy on the roster bubble this summer.
Will that bubble break? Time will tell.