Final Chargers 53-man roster prediction: Who will make the lower?

NFL groups face a deadline of 1 p.m. PDT Tuesday for reducing their rosters to 53 gamers.

All these lower may be added to apply squads after clearing waivers. Any participant claimed have to be added to the claiming crew’s 53-man roster.

Right here’s one projection of what issues will appear like for the Chargers:

Quarterbacks (3) — Justin Herbert, Chase Daniel, Easton Stick

Daniel was re-signed in March to stay Herbert’s backup. Now 35 and going into his thirteenth season, Daniel appeared over the previous month to solidify his standing because the crew’s No. 2 quarterback coming into Week 1.

It’s comprehensible that some followers marvel about Stick’s worth, given how little — one profession recreation — he has performed since being drafted within the fifth spherical in 2019. Stick was lively for one recreation final season and didn’t seem.

However the teaching employees raves about Stick’s intelligence and the way a lot he means to the operation as an entire. With a lot inside help, it’s onerous to think about him not being on the 53-man roster.

Working backs (4) — Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley, Isaiah Spiller, Larry Rountree III

Along with his efficiency Friday in New Orleans, Kelley possible wrapped up the No. 2 spot behind Ekeler, who’s seeking to construct on a 20-touchdown season from a 12 months in the past.

Backing up Ekeler nonetheless might very nicely stay a fluid scenario all through the season because the Chargers proceed to attempt to develop all three of their different working backs.

It was tempting to go together with solely three at this place, with Rountree on the surface. However as a result of Spiller is coping with an ankle harm and may not be out there in Week 1, the Chargers should cowl themselves.

Fullbacks (1) — Zander Horvath

As coaching camp wound down, Horvath’s particular groups participation ramped up. The Chargers would love for him to develop into a reliable contributor of their kick protection.

Past that, who is aware of? Fullback Gabe Nabers was lively for 10 video games final season and performed solely 46 offensive snaps.

Chargers vast receiver DeAndre Carter runs after making a catch in opposition to the New Orleans Saints on Friday.

(Gerald Herbert / Related Press)

Broad receivers (5) — Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Joshua Palmer, Jalen Guyton, DeAndre Carter

Pretty much as good as Michael Bandy was within the preseason, the Chargers’ 5 vast receiver spots seemed to be set from the primary hamstring stretch of coaching camp.

The roster-wide math makes it practically inconceivable to maintain a sixth receiver, particularly when what Bandy affords the Chargers have already got. He would appear to be a slam dunk for the apply squad if he clears waivers.

Tight ends (3) — Gerald Everett, Donald Parham Jr., Tre’ McKitty

The one actual query amongst these three is that if Parham shall be prepared for the beginning of the season as he recovers from a hamstring harm suffered in early August.

Hunter Kampmoyer possible is headed to the apply squad as insurance coverage. Then once more, Kampmoyer fumbled within the recreation Friday, and the Chargers might look so as to add a decent finish from the waiver wire.

Once more, although, including a fourth tight finish from one other crew would imply reducing somebody who in any other case could be on the Chargers’ 53.

Offensive linemen (9) — Rashawn Slater, Matt Feiler, Corey Linsley, Zion Johnson, Trey Pipkins III, Storm Norton, Will Clapp, Jamaree Salyer, Brenden Jaimes

Pipkins beat out Norton for the beginning proper sort out spot, leaving Norton because the swing sort out going into the season.

Clapp is the backup to Linsley at heart and Salyer and Jaimes are each reserve inside gamers.

The best facet of the road shall be intently monitored, with Johnson only a rookie and Pipkins inexperienced as a starter.

Defensive linemen (6) — Sebastian Joseph-Day, Austin Johnson, Morgan Fox, Jerry Tillery, Christian Covington, Otito Ogbonnia

There was some thought heading into coaching camp that Tillery might be in peril of being lower. That not seems to be a risk, although his function shall be diminished in a a lot deeper rotation to start out this season.

Breiden Fehoko beating out Covington is an actual risk given how nicely Fehoko performed in coaching camp and the preseason video games. The 2 of them began Friday and performed barely greater than half the defensive snaps.

Edge rushers (3) — Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack, Chris Rumph II

Due to accidents at linebacker, Kyle Van Noy performed inside nearly solely all through coaching camp. With Kenneth Murray Jr. returning final week, the Chargers can play Van Noy on the sting now too.

The veteran’s flexibility was one thing the Chargers touted after signing him in free company and one thing they are going to try to take advantage of this season — except accidents dictate in any other case.

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara tries to break a tackle by Chargers linebacker Nick Niemann.

New Orleans Saints working again Alvin Kamara tries to interrupt a sort out by Chargers linebacker Nick Niemann throughout the Chargers’ preseason loss Friday.

(Gerald Herbert / Related Press)

Linebackers (6) — Kyle Van Noy, Drue Tranquill, Kenneth Murray Jr., Troy Reeder, Nick Niemann, Amen Ogbongbemiga

Murray has mentioned he “absolutely” shall be prepared for the beginning of the season after present process ankle surgical procedure in April. He has been a productive tackler when wholesome.

Niemann and Ogbongbemiga have been working with the crew’s prime kick-coverage models, strongly suggesting each will make the season-opening roster. Reeder additionally needs to be a particular groups common.

Cornerbacks (5) — J.C. Jackson, Michael Davis, Bryce Callahan, Asante Samuel Jr., Ja’Sir Taylor

Jackson would possibly miss the beginning of the season after having a process on his proper ankle. The Chargers have introduced that, at worst, he’d be unavailable for Weeks 1 and a pair of.

The odd man out right here is Deane Leonard, a seventh-round draft selection who struggled within the Chargers’ preseason opener and now’s coping with a hamstring harm.

Safeties (5) — Derwin James Jr., Nasir Adderley, Alohi Gilman, Mark Webb Jr., JT Woods

Webb has a ton of help among the many Chargers coaches, which led to his inclusion right here regardless of the persistent accidents which have marked his NFL profession thus far.

He missed the top of coaching camp due to a calf situation however nonetheless affords the flexibility that head coach Brandon Staley covets.

Woods should develop rapidly if he’s going to be a contributor early on as a rookie. His tackling remained a problem Friday in New Orleans.

Specialists (3) — Dustin Hopkins, JK Scott, Josh Harris

These three spots have been set for the reason that Chargers opened coaching camp.