LA Chargers: Three players that could be cut before playing a snap

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LA Chargers at risk of being cut without playing a snap: LB Malik Jefferson

The LA Chargers signed linebacker Malik Jefferson to their practice squad last November but he never saw any game action with the team at the end of the last season. Then, after the season, he signed a one-year contract with the team that expires after this season.

The Chargers made so many additions to the linebacker room this offseason that it is hard to see Jefferson seeing the light of day, thus, it would not be all that shocking if he was cut by the team before even appearing for the team.

While the team did lose waive Thomas Davis, they also brought in Nick Vigil and traded up in the first round for Kenneth Murray. With talented rotational backers in front of him, as well as a healthy Derwin James, who will line up at linebacker in certain formations, there really is not a roadmap to playing time for Jefferson.

You could make the case that the Chargers would keep him on the roster as a special teams player and emergency depth option and while that is not the worst idea in the world, the team does have limited roster spots and so many other talented players elsewhere that Jefferson might just end up being one of the last ones to be cut.

I think he will get his chance in the preseason, but ultimately, he will be playing for his job and the threat of losing it is present.