Running back (4)
Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, Troymaine Pope, Detrez Newsome
Cuts: Jeremy Cox, Derrick Gore
The Chargers will be able to apply for a roster exemption as it relates to Melvin Gordon, who despite what Williams stated in his projection, will almost certainly not be with the team come Week 1. As a result, the team will hang onto both Pope and Newsome until its star running back returns.
Ekeler and Jackson will see the majority of the carries and the team should have confidence in them. There is an argument to be made that the team needs a bigger back for short-yardage situations, offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt may have to get creative from time to time.
When Gordon decides to return to the field, the team will release either Pope or Newsome, whichever the team uses the least. Another reason for keeping four running backs is because all four of these guys are similar and they’ll need a good rotation to keep them all fresh.
The hope is that Gordon will end his holdout but if the team applies for an exemption, he’ll have to sit out at least the first three weeks of the season.
There isn’t too much to discuss here. Watt will be the team’s fullback for a fourth straight year.