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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: Quarterback Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints rushes for a gain against Adarius Pickett #35 of the Los Angeles Chargers 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: Quarterback Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints rushes for a gain against Adarius Pickett #35 of the Los Angeles Chargers 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)

Chargers undrafted free agents: Small chance of making roster

These players are more likely to be cut than make the roster, but they have a better chance than the first group, due to talent, performance, or positional need.

Jason Moore, Wide receiver (89)

Moore has impressed many with his speed in training camp, but he has not yet made an impact in a preseason game. Due to lack of depth at receiver, Moore still has a shot, but he needs to increase his production soon or carve out a special teams role.

Matt Sokol, Tight end (46)

Sokol is in a three-way fight with Sean Culkin and Vince Mayle for the last spot at the tight end position. None of the trio have done much at this point, which suggests Culkin would get the job if the competition ended today.

However, if Sokol can show receiving ability in a game soon, his massive size may entice the Bolts to take a shot on him, as they may need blocking help from the tight ends this year to support the tackles.

Ardarius Pickett, Safety (35)

Pickett has been one of the leaders in snap counts in the preseason, and he has made his impact on the stat sheet with six solo tackles, three assisted tackles, and a fumble recovery. Being a productive tackler, especially on special teams, is a great way to make the team as a defensive back.

Tyler Newsome, Punter (6)

Newsome still has a chance to win the punting job since he is one of only two at the position, but Ty Long has clearly been the best punter so far.

Still, as last year showed when Drew Kaser was cut because he could not hold the ball for Caleb Sturgis (who proceeded to miss field goals with a different holder), the Chargers can be a bit unpredictable when setting the roster for the special teams unit. So, both Long and Newsome should certainly be considered in the running for the job.

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