Tight end (3)
Hunter Henry, Virgil Green, Sean Culkin
Cuts: Daniel Helm, Matt Sokol, Andrew Vollert, Vince Mayle
Potential surprise cut: Culkin
No major surprises here, though Helm could absolutely push Culkin for a spot on the roster.
The Chargers are able to be a bit more flexible in this spot this year as Henry is healthy and should be the team’s primary receiving tight end on 90 percent of the offensive snaps or more. That is why there’s really no need to bring back Antonio Gates.
Green will play his role as a primary blocker, acting as a sixth offensive lineman at times in support of what some may feel is a shaky offensive line.
Culkin is in his third year with the team and his familiarity with the organization and coaching staff should help him make the 53-man roster. Though he only has one catch in his career, the team could use him as a sneaky receiving option during the season. But mainly, he’ll just serve as depth as the team will be eager to get Henry on the field and involved.
A torn ACL last year in OTAs cost Henry the entire season and forced the Chargers to bring back Gates, who they had made the tough decision to not re-sign. Gates played well when his number was called but a fumble late in a Week 16 game against the Baltimore Ravens cost the Chargers.
It would be nice for the Chargers to win a Super Bowl and have Gates be able to experience that with the team, but now 39 years old, that ship might have sailed.