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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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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals tries to avoid a sack by Chris Peace #40 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of the NFL pre-season game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals tries to avoid a sack by Chris Peace #40 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of the NFL pre-season game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Chargers undrafted free agents: Most likely to make roster

These two undrafted free agents have stood out above the rest and have a good shot to make the Chargers opening day roster.

Chris Peace, Defensive end (40)

Chris Peace came in with a decent chance to make the Chargers roster for an undrafted free agent, as his status as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker has become a coveted role.

In the first preseason game, Peace was singled out by many for his great pass rushing performance, as he had several pressures to go along with a sack.

With just a few players ahead of him on the depth chart, Peace appeared to be well on his way to making the roster. Unfortunately, Peace suffered a groin injury that kept him out of the second preseason game, and, to make matters worse for his status, Anthony Lanier performed well in his place.

If Peace can get back soon and perform, he has a good chance to make the roster. If not, the Chargers need to stash him on the practice squad.

Roderic Teamer, Safety (36)

Generally, the best way for an undrafted player to make an NFL roster is to be a hard-working, versatile, solid-tackling special teams machine, and no player has done that quite as effectively this preseason as Roderic Teamer.

Last week, Teamer lead the team in defensive snaps and also had 13 special teams snaps. Teamer was used in a multitude of ways in that game, and he made the most of his chances.

Defensive back Roderic Teamer played 49 defensive snaps on Sunday, with 21 snaps coming at linebacker,19 at slot cornerback, 6 on the DLine and 3 at free safety. Teamer posted an 80.3 defensive grade with 3 tackles, 1 sack and 3 defensive stops. pic.twitter.com/gmoSgmjqdV

— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) August 19, 2019

With the unfortunate injury to Derwin James likely landing him on injured reserve, there is an open spot for the taking at safety. Despite depth in the area, the team certainly has room for a do-it-all young safety that is a menace on special teams. Teamer could be the second-coming of Adrian Phillips.

Next. Chargers rookie power rankings through two preseason games

In the upcoming weeks, expect to see at least one of these players to become an official member of the 2019 Chargers 53-man roster. The others should be proud of their accomplishment of making the 90-man roster, something few people get to experience.

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