Friday, July 18, 2014
San Diego Chargers' projected roster
By Eric D. Williams
Examining the San Diego Chargers' roster:
The Chargers kept three quarterbacks on the active roster last year, but could pick up a roster spot if they feel comfortable enough with sneaking Sorensen through waivers and onto the practice squad.
Running backs (4)
Grice is my pick to return kicks as it stands now, but don’t count out Kerwynn Williams or Branden Oliver as possible kick return options.
Ex-CFL standout Dontrelle Inman has a shot to earn a job. Rookies Tevin Reese, Javontee Herndon and Micah Hatfield are possible practice squad candidates.
Tight ends (4)
With the development of Green, the Chargers will run two-tight end sets more this season. Johnson also can be used as a fullback. If healthy, Phillips provides depth as a blocking tight end. Ryan Otten also looked promising as a pass-catching threat during offseason workouts.
Offensive linemen (9)
With Jeromey Clary possibly beginning the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list coming off offseason shoulder and hip surgeries, the Chargers have some inexperienced players at interior offensive line in Troutman and Watt. So it will be important for veteran players like Hardwick and Ohrnberger to help those young guys along during training camp. Undrafted rookie free agent Craig Watts could compete for a job on the active roster.
Defensive linemen (6)
Quality depth and experience remains a concern at this position after Liuget and Reyes. Geathers and Carrethers have potential but have to show during preseason play that they can work in as part of the defensive line rotation. Tenny Palepoi and Damik Scafe also have a chance to earn time during training camp.
This is probably the deepest position on defense, and some tough decisions will have to be made here. Thomas Keiser and Tourek Williams, impact players last season, both have a realistic shot of making the roster.
It’s hard to leave Richard Marshall off here, but his salary is not guaranteed and Flowers could be his eventual replacement if the Fresno State product does not have a good training camp.
Arizona State undrafted rookie free agent Alden Darby flashed during offseason workouts, and has a chance to work himself onto the back end of the roster.
The Chargers have an experienced, consistent group of specialists and likely will not make a change here.