There were several standouts from the LA Chargers' preseason win over the LA Rams on Saturday and Larry Rountree was not one of them. Rountree already had a massive uphill battle to make the roster and on Monday, the Chargers severed ties altogether. Just two years after being drafted by the Bolts, Rountree has been waived.
Rountree never put it together as a runner or on special teams at the NFL level. With three running backs ahead of him on the depth chart and an undrafted standout in Elijah Dotson, it was only a matter of time until the Bolts cut ties.
By waiving Rountree so early it allows the running back more time to sign with another team and compete for a roster spot. It also allows the Chargers to bring in help in an area of need and there is one specific position that the team should now be targeting.
Chargers must sign another tackle after waiving Larry Rountree
The starting offensive line is great in Los Angeles but if there are any kind of injuries (and injuries are inevitable) then the team will be in trouble. While the starting tackles are fantastic, the depth behind Rashawn Slater and Trey Pipkins is concerning.
Foster Sarell is the team's primary swing tackle option and he reminded fans why he cannot be trusted in the first preseason game of the year. Sarell struggled against names he really should not have struggled against in the first preseason game of the year. If he is forced to start against a Maxx Crosby or Micah Parsons then the Chargers are going to be in a world of trouble.
The Bolts did already add to the tackle room by signing Matt Kaskey but the team is going to need more than a journeyman standout from another professional football league. The options may be limited at this point in the calendar but the Bolts could use all the help they can get.
Getting another option in the building to at least compete for the swing tackle role would be beneficial. Heck, adding another interior offensive lineman that way Jamaree Salyer could kick outside if need be would also work. This team needs offensive line depth regardless and waiving Rountree gives LA the chance to add help.