Linebackers: Kenneth Murray, Drue Tranquill, Kyzir White, Nick Niemann (4)
The first three here are pretty obvious. Kenneth Murray, Drue Tranquill, and Kyzir White are your definitive starters. It's been a great offseason for White, who re-established himself after dealing with injuries and COVID-19 last year.
Nick Niemann struggled with some missed tackles last night, but he also made a few good plays. He's been pretty solid this preseason. Considering the nature of the Chargers' special teams, he's someone that will have to play from the get-go.
The real debate for me here was whether to keep four or five linebackers. Amen Ogbongbemiga had some great run stops and pass rush pressures vs. the Rams. However, he's been dealing with an AC joint sprain since the 49ers game last week. Cole Christiansen is another name to potentially consider.
With the second and third levels of the defense, my view is that the Chargers will keep 10 total LBs and CBs. It's a matter of whether the split is 5-5 or 6-4. Staley has prioritized the secondary first from Day 1 on the job, so for now, I have four linebackers and six cornerbacks. The health of Ogbongbemiga combined with the COVID-19 status of cornerback Ryan Smith leaves a lot in the air here though.