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Chargers undrafted rookies most likely to make initial 53-man roster

CARSON, CA - AUGUST 18: Adarius Pickett #35 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after recovering a fumble with Bradford Lemmons #45 during the second half of their pre season football game against New Orleans Saints at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - AUGUST 18: Adarius Pickett #35 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after recovering a fumble with Bradford Lemmons #45 during the second half of their pre season football game against New Orleans Saints at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – AUGUST 18: Troymaine Pope #35 of the Los Angeles Chargers is stopped by Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22 of the New Orleans Saints during the second half of their pre season football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – AUGUST 18: Troymaine Pope #35 of the Los Angeles Chargers is stopped by Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22 of the New Orleans Saints during the second half of their pre season football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

For the last 22 years running, one undrafted free agent has made the Los Angeles Chargers initial 53-man roster. After training camp and two weeks of the preseason, these are the players with the best chance of doing so this year.

Everyone loves an underdog, and for each of the past 22 years, the Los Angeles Chargers have become a home for at least one of the many undrafted free agents.

Initially this year, the Chargers signed 19 undrafted free agents. While there have been some roster rearrangements, there are still 18 undrafted free agents on the Chargers roster with the chance to extend the streak to 23 years. Note: Those who have played other organized professional football, such as the CFL’s Ty Long and the AAF’s Cole Mazza are not included since they are not coming directly from college.

Last year, wide receiver J.J. Jones, running back Detrez Newsome, and corner Brandon Facyson made the initial 53-man roster. Of those three, only the last two remain on the 2019 squad, though neither is guaranteed a spot this year.

Below are all 18 of the Chargers’ undrafted free agents and a prediction for how likely they are to make the roster. Each undrafted free agent has a hard climb to make the roster, but the odds are that at least one of the below players will do so this year.

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