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

By Travis Wakeman
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: Center Mike Pouncey #53 of the Los Angeles Chargers plays to the crowd in the third quarter at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 07: Center Mike Pouncey #53 of the Los Angeles Chargers plays to the crowd in the third quarter at StubHub Center on October 7, 2018, in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Offensive line (9)

Russell Okung, Dan Feeney, Mike Pouncey, Michael Schofield, Sam Tevi, Trey Pipkins, Forrest Lamp, Trent Scott, Scott Queessenberry

Cuts: Spencer Drango, Cole Toner, Brant Weiss, Chris Brown, Blake Camper, Tanner Volson

Potential surprise cut: Lamp

It may seem excessive to keep nine offensive linemen, but the Chargers are going to want as many options as possible in case players such as Feeney and Tevi continue to struggle.

Scott, Lamp and Quessenberry could provide the kind of depth and versatility the team will be looking for and Pipkins, as young and raw as he is, could be pushed to be a starter by year’s end.

It will be a critical summer for Lamp. The former second-round pick has yet to do much of anything with the team and the time is now for that to happen. If it doesn’t happen soon, it never will and the team will be forced to move on.

Pouncey will be a free agent following the season and Quessenberry could be pegged as his replacement if the team decides to move on from him. There’s always future considerations to make in building these 53-man rosters as well.

At the end of the day, Tom Telesco is going to have that loss to the New England Patriots in the playoffs last season in the back of his head and he’s going to make it clear to his coaching staff that he wants to have options this year and as a result, the team will keep nine of the 15 offensive linemen currently on the roster.

At least two of them could also end up on the practice squad too.

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