Tuesday was officially cut day for the NFL as the LA Chargers dwindled the roster from 80 players all the way down to 53. Of the 27 players that were cut by the Bolts, 16 can return as members of the practice squad this season.
For the most part, the Chargers 53-man roster was rather predictable. In our final 53-man roster prediction we correctly guessed 50 of the 53 players that made the roster. Several key roster battles went exactly as many expected they would after camp and the preseason.
However, that does not mean that the Chargers' decisions were surprise-free. Even if we might have predicted one of these surprises, there were some decisions that most fans might not have seen coming.
Here are the biggest surprises of the initial Chargers 53-man roster:
Honorable mention: Michael Bandy being cut
This may have come as a huge surprise to many fans as Michael Bandy was fantastic during the preseason and seemingly earned his chance to be the WR6 on the depth chart. However, with what we knew already with the team's roster, it seemed pretty clear that Bandy would end up getting cut by the Bolts.
There simply was not enough room for him and while he would have had a bigger impact as a WR6 than Easton Stick will as a QB3, with what the team is prioritizing, you could see this coming.
it still stings though and there still is a large collection of fans that penciled Bandy in to make the 53-man roster with how well he played in the preseason. The hope now is that he does not get claimed by another team and can stick around on the practice squad.