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LA Chargers Roster: How a preseason would’ve changed the final roster

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Wide receiver Jason Moore #89 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Wide receiver Jason Moore #89 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

One or two UDFAs make the LA Chargers roster

The players most affected by the lack of a preseason were without a doubt the undrafted free agents. The LA Chargers have made a habit of finding one or two breakouts each season. Just in the last three years, they’ve had Austin Ekeler, Roderic Teamer, Brandon Facyson, Trent Scott and Detrez Newsome play pivotal roles after going undrafted.

Anthony Lynn stressed the consequences of not having a preseason on Hard Knocks, specifically mentioning that Ekeler would not have made the roster without the preseason.

The Chargers had some interesting undrafted prospects that I would’ve really liked to have seen in the preseason. Breiden Fehoko and Darius Bradwell obviously became Hard Knocks stars, but even some lesser-known guys could’ve been interesting.

Joe Gaziano could’ve been a perfect Joey Bosa backup in the way that Uchenna Nwosu usually is Melvin Ingram’s backup. Obviously, we’ve talked about the preseason fullback battle between Holly and Nabers quite a bit here at BoltBeat.

Based on the Chargers’ history of roster construction during the Lynn era, one or two undrafted free agents would’ve made the team in a normal offseason. With the lack of tape, offseason activity, and preseason, the Chargers had to default to the most experienced players.

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