LA Chargers: 3 players who won’t survive summer roster cuts

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(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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2. Matt Sokol, TE

Matt Sokol has enjoyed two stints with the LA Chargers in his short career thus far. The Chargers signed Sokol as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and after stints with both Jacksonville and Detroit, the Chargers signed Sokol back to the practice squad last season.

Sokol was elevated to the active roster in Week 16 as the team dealt with Hunter Henry being on the covid-19 list and not having Virgil Green because of an ankle injury. Sokol did play 15 offensive snaps for the Chargers before being sent down to the practice squad again.

The players who thrived in that game are the ones that will help the LA Chargers make the decision on whether or not to cut Sokol. Donald Parham continued to be a solid receiving option and Stephen Anderson really stepped up and was the most impressive.

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Neither are every-down tight ends but they are both talented and have a nice dynamic together. The Chargers added to that dynamic with veteran tight end Jared Cook, who is a vertical threat for Justin Herbert.

That likely will not be the last move. The team still needs a young tight end that can take over the reins long-term at the position, which Cook obviously cannot do. As promising as Parham and Anderson are, they are not well-rounded enough to be trusted in that spot.

As a result, the Bolts could take a tight end in the 2021 NFL Draft. That would give the team four tight ends, putting Sokol on the chopping block.