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Los Angeles Chargers: Pre-camp 53-man roster projection

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers heads to the field to face the Baltimore Ravens at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers heads to the field to face the Baltimore Ravens at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a 34 yard run in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a 34 yard run in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Running back (5)

Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, Detrez Newsome, Derek Watt (fullback)

Cut: Jeremy Cox, Troymaine Pope

Potential surprise cut: None

Obviously, this list will look a lot different if the team decides to trade Gordon, rather than pay him the money he is looking to make. He is the clear-cut No.1 running back on the roster and the team doesn’t have that every-down back behind him. Of course, many teams go with a complete committee approach in today’s NFL and the Chargers have some versatile players behind Gordon in Ekeler, Jackson and Newsome.

Cox is a tremendous prospect. Undrafted out of Old Dominion, he is a tough, straight-ahead runner and it would not be a tremendous surprise to see him beat out Newsome for a roster spot. He will be no worse than a practice squad addition and he should be a fun player to watch this summer.

Of course, the contract situation surrounding Gordon has dominated talks lately and a potential trade would really shake up the offensive backfield. If the Chargers were to trade Gordon, would it be best for the team to sign a free agent such as Jay Ajayi, Alex Collins or Chris Ivory, or would a four-man rotation of Ekeler, Jackson, Newsome and Cox be better?

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