The LA Chargers are going to have a really tough time cutting the roster down to 53 players ahead of the 2023 season. There is a lot of talent at the backend of the roster that could make a legitimate difference if given the chance.
However, things such as roster construction and team needs complicate the equation. It is not as simple as keeping the 53 most talented players from training camp and the preseason. Naturally, someone is going to get left out.
The Bolts were full of surprises last year when the team cut the roster down to 53 players and there could be some surprises in store this year as well. Here is everything you need to know.
UPDATE: Official Chargers 53-man roster has been revealed
The Chargers made the 53-man roster official an hour before the deadline on Tuesday. Here are the 53 players that officially made the cut:
Elijah Dotson makes 53-man roster
It has not yet been confirmed but Elijah Doston will reportedly make the Chargers' 53-man roster after a breakout preseason for the Bolts.
Chargers cut Andrew Farmer, Zack Bailey, John Hightower
The Chargers made two shocking cuts who played well in preseason in offensive lineman Zack Bailey and wide receiver John Hightower. The team also waived Andrew Farmer.
Chargers cut Max Duggan
After spending a seventh-round pick on him in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Chargers have cut quarterback Max Duggan.
Chargers cut Hunter Kampmoyer, Tae Crowder
Hunter Kampmoyer played well on special teams but did not do enough to secure a roster spot on the Chargers' 53-man. Crowder was signed for linebacker depth for the last preseason game.
Chargers trade Dustin Hopkins to Browns, Cameron Dicker wins kicking job
It was all but official that Cameron Dicker was going to win the kicking job in LA. The Chargers managed to get something for Dustin Hopkins, trading him for a future seventh.
Chargers cut Matt Kaskey, Cam Brown
Two more unsurprising roster cuts have been reported as the Chargers are cutting two camp bodies in offensive tackle Matt Kaskey and cornerback Cam Brown.
Chargers cut Carlo Kemp on Sunday
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the Chargers are cutting linebacker Carlo Kemp. Kemp spent last season on the team's practice squad but has never appeared in a game for LA.
Chargers cut Larry Rountree after first preseason game
The only significant cut that the Chargers have made thus far was 2021 seventh-round pick Larry Rountree, who was cut after the first preseason game of the year against the LA Rams.
Be sure to continuously check back for updated rumors and news about the cuts the Chargers will make to the 53-man roster.
When is the official Chargers' 53-man roster due by?
This year is a bit different when it comes to roster cuts than previous years. Traditionally, there are structured cuts as training camp goes on, allowing teams to slowly dwindle the roster down until the final cuts to get to 53 players.
That is not the case this year as the league was looking to give teams more bodies during camp and the preseason in order to reduce injuries. Instead of there being multiple cut days, the Chargers will cut down to 53 players all at once.
The Chargers must officially trim the roster to 53 players on Tuesday, August 29 by 1 p.m. PT. At that point, fans will know exactly who made the roster, although there could be cuts before that to give veterans the chance to talk to other teams.