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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 eludes a tackles as runs back a punt for a touchdown during the first half of their pre seaon 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: Troymaine Pope #35 of the Los Angeles Chargers eludes a tackles as runs back a punt for a touchdown during the first half of their pre seaon football game against New Orleans Saints at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Chargers undrafted free agents: Unlikely to make the roster

The players in this category stand little chance of making the roster at this point unless they show something new in the last two weeks of the preseason.

Jeremy Cox, Running back (36)

Derek Gore, Running back (37)

Both undrafted free agent running backs stand little chance this year. Even in the absence of Melvin Gordon, there are three backs ahead of them who played in 2018. Furthermore, Troymaine Pope demonstrated great elusiveness and speed in the second preseason game and appears to be another player ahead of the two rookie backs.

Larry Allen Jr., Offensive guard (68)

Chris Brown, Offensive guard (62)

Blake Camper, Offensive tackle (73)

Tanner Volson, Center (63)

As for the offensive linemen, each is buried on the depth chart. Furthermore, besides the field goal unit, there is not a great place for an offensive lineman on special teams, so they lack the best way for an UDFA to make the roster.

However, expect at least one of these players to be on the practice squad. Right now, Volson and Brown have the inside track on one of those spots.

Thomas Costigan, Defensive end (73)

Reggie Howard, Defensive end (72)

As for the defensive linemen here, both played many snaps last week (25 for Costigan and 18 for Howard) yet failed to make a major impact. That snap frequency was likely due to injuries in front of them. Combined, the two players made just one tackle against the New Orleans Saints.

Elijah Zeise, Linebacker (46)

Unfortunately, Zeise walked into a poor situation for an undrafted linebacker. With the offseason additions of Thomas Davis, Drue Tranquill, and Emeke Egbule, Zeise is likely playing for a shot on another team or the practice squad.

Kemon Hall, Corner (37)

Rodney Randle, Defensive back (41)

Bradford Lemmons, Corner (45)

The defensive backs listed above are buried on the depth chart behind Chargers who have been on past rosters. None have made a significant impact to this point; however, one could always sneak on the roster due to perceived special teams impact.

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