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Chargers: Five worst mistakes with initial 53-man roster

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 29: Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass over D.J. Reed #32 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 29: Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass over D.J. Reed #32 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 22: Drew Stanton #5 of the Arizona Cardinals is sacked by Nick Dzubnar #48 of the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 22, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 22: Drew Stanton #5 of the Arizona Cardinals is sacked by Nick Dzubnar #48 of the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 22, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Chargers decision No. 4: Holding on to Nick Dzubnar

Clearly, this decision could hold no relevance if Dzubnar is moved off the roster with the addition of another player. Looking at the roster as constructed, it’s possible the team moves on quickly.

One can’t just say Dzubnar hasn’t earned a spot with the linebacker corps depth, as he’s a veteran player who tied for the second-most total tackles this preseason.

Their linebacker group currently looks like this:

  • Thomas Davis
  • Kyzir White
  • Denzel Perryman
  • Jatavis Brown
  • Uchenna Nwosu
  • Drue Tranquill
  • Emeke Egbule
  • Dzubnar

On one hand, that’s quite a bit of linebackers. On the other, three of the first four names didn’t even finish the 2018 regular season, two of those names are rookies, one is entering their first year as a starter, and the other is one of the oldest players on the team. It’s possible the team would actually find Dzubnar on the field before the season is over.

The problem is letting another player go in favor of Dzubnar, which will be partially discussed in the next three points of this article. Simply put, the next three players mentioned on this list deserved a spot more than No. 48 did, and it’s a shame they could end up on the practice squad instead.

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