3 Chargers already on the chopping block after first preseason game

These players have a massive uphill battle to make the Chargers roster in 2023
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Larry Rountree

Update: The Chargers waived Larry Rountree after the publication of this article, per Daniel Popper of The Athletic.

To be fair, Larry Rountree already had an uphill battle entering training camp. Rountree made the roster as the RB4 to start the 2022 season but hardly played on offense and eventually got the boot. He was waived and signed to the practice squad.

Rountree undoubtedly entered training camp as the fourth running back on the depth chart with the team likely only carrying three backs on the 53-man roster. However, if Rountree played well enough (especially considering Kellen Moore doesn't utilize fullbacks) then he could have made the roster.

Unfortunately for him, Rountree has not stood out in any way and there is another running back that is. Elijah Dotson has looked crisp during training camp but really took advantage of the game reps in the preseason and led the rushing efforts for the Bolts.

Dotson still has more to prove to make the 53-man roster but he has undoubtedly usurped Rountree, who was selected by the team in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Chargers will keep Rountree around for the time being as a camp body but the chances of him actually making the 53-man roster are slim to none.