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5 Chargers veterans who will enter training camp on the roster bubble

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Cardale Jones #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers communcates to his team during the preseason game between the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 26: Cardale Jones #5 of the Los Angeles Chargers communcates to his team during the preseason game between the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 04: Kyle Emanuel #51 and Craig Mager #29 of the San Diego Chargers bottle up Freddie Martino #16 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 4, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 04: Kyle Emanuel #51 and Craig Mager #29 of the San Diego Chargers bottle up Freddie Martino #16 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of a game at Qualcomm Stadium on December 4, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Craig Mager

No one should be surprised to see Craig Mager on this list. He’s not only on the roster bubble, but I’d be highly surprised to see him make the team.

The former third-round pick was actually waived prior to the start of the 2017 season and signed to the practice squad the following day. He spent most of the season on the practice squad before being called up to the active roster toward the end of the season.

But to call Mager a disappointment would be an understatement.

Since being drafted in the third round in 2015 (where he was grossly overdrafted), he has 40 tackles and one interception…. for his entire career.

That’s not exactly something to write home about and now, he enters camp in his fourth year as part of the team’s deepest positional unit.

Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams and Desmond King are basically shoe-ins to make the team. Michael Davis is a promising second-year player and undrafted rookies Brandon Facyson and Tony Brown each have a great shot to make the final roster.

I don’t like Mager’s chances, but maybe all of the competition he’ll notice around him will be what he needs in order to show Chargers fans a side of him they’ve yet to see.

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