Chargers Rumors

Los Angeles Chargers: Five players on chopping block

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Running back Detrez Newsome #38 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Running back Detrez Newsome #38 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – AUGUST 24: Tyler Newsome #6 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Cole Mazza #45 of the Los Angeles Chargers sit on the bench during warm-ups before a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – AUGUST 24: Tyler Newsome #6 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Cole Mazza #45 of the Los Angeles Chargers sit on the bench during warm-ups before a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 24, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

Chargers potential cut: Tyler Newsome

Newsome hasn’t really even been bad, it’s just a situation where Ty Long has been significantly better throughout training camp and the preseason. It feels like the punter battle is over already at this point, and was before the preseason game. Long so far has just had better distance, control, and seems to be better at pinning the other team deep on his punts. It’s also hard to underrate the experience Long has in the CFL as both a kicker and a punter. He just seems to be more versatile and skilled than Newsome so far.

Chargers potential cut: Nick Dzubnar

Dzubnar’s been with the team for four years now and while he’s gotten better, he just doesn’t have the potential some of the young guys on the team have and is getting older in comparison to most of the linebacker group, minus Thomas Davis. He’s a good special teams player, but the team tends to struggle whenever he has significant playing time at linebacker (looking at you, 2018 playoffs).

Dzubnar is probably the third or fourth linebacker on the depth chart, whether on strong side, weak side, or middle.  And even then, does it make sense to keep him over younger guys with more potential like Tranquill or Egbule? Fans appreciate some of the things Dzubnar has done in his tenure here, but it’s also time to move on.

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