2 Chargers whose roster chances grew (and 2 whose shrank) after Saints loss

Cutting down the roster to 53 players is going to be hard for the Chargers this year.

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The LA Chargers are officially two-thirds through the preseason after losing to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The outcome of the game did not matter as there was a lot to learn about several players on the roster.

At this point in the preseason. fans typically have a much clearer idea of what the 53-man roster will look like because of the roster cuts. However, this year is different as every team in the league will cut down to 53 players at once by August 29. Thus, there are still a lot of bodies in camp.

This has given players more opportunities, though, and there are several players who made the most of the opportunity to play against the Saints on Sunday. The other side of that coin is true as well as several Chargers have seen their stock fall heading into Week 3 of the preseason.

Chance of making Chargers roster grew: Stone Smartt

The tight end position has been a bit underwhelming for the Chargers during training camp. Tre' McKitty has not turned it around from his sophomore-year struggles and Donald Parham played a really bad game on Sunday against the Saints.

Neither of those players will miss the roster but with the uncertainty at the position we could see the Chargers throw a fourth tight end into the mix. Stone Smartt is definitely doing all he can to force the Chargers to make that decision as he has played well in the preseason and in camp.

Smartt didn't play so well that he is going to suddenly be the TE2 for the Chargers but if he can put together another solid showing against the San Francisco 49ers he might not only make the roster but be the TE3 on the depth chart.