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LA Chargers: Final 53 man roster prediction after the preseason

By Alexander Insdorf
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LA Chargers Cortez Broughton
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Interior Defensive Line: Linval Joseph, Justin Jones, Jerry Tillery, Christian Covington, Cortez Broughton (5)

Linval Joseph, Jerry Tillery, and Justin Jones haven't played a single snap of preseason ball with Staley being cautious. It's safe to say that they're your starters. A few preseason reps and snaps wouldn't have hurt Tillery in my opinion considering some of his weaknesses in the run game, but he's had a "phenomenal" camp according to Staley.

Christian Covington slots in as a crucial rotational tackle. While we don't know for sure what his role will be yet, I'd imagine it's pretty comparable to the role Damion Square played for the Chargers in recent seasons.

The decision to keep three quarterbacks in conjunction with some other roster decisions makes keeping six defensive linemen too tough in my opinion. It's also true that some on the roster bubble like Breiden Fehoko, Joe Gaziano, and Forrest Merrill really didn't leave a great final impression last night.

Cortez Broughton showed why he deserves that final spot in the first two preseason games. He was always active around the ball getting consistent pressure on quarterbacks. Against San Francisco most notably, he created a quality clean-up sack for Fackrell.

Throughout the offseason, I've really liked what I saw out of Fehoko and Merrill, even though it's not enough to make the roster for me at this time. They should be considered top-tier practice squad candidates at the very least, especially Fehoko given his prior experience last season.