San Diego Chargers 53-man Roster Prediction

Gwame Geathers makes the cut in our 53-man roster projections.

Gwame Geathers makes the cut in our 53-man roster projections.

by Staff Writer Daniel Stebbins (@dstebbs)

The San Diego Chargers still have one more preseason game left to play, but I feel the roster is pretty much set.  Here is my current prediction of the final 53 man roster, with notes on some players.  Keep in mind they are likely to bring in some veteran free agents for some positions lacking depth, and I will make a note of which positions we could see that happen.



Philip Rivers

Charlie Whitehurst (Think he barely hangs on, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see him cut)

Brad Sorensen

Running Backs

Ryan Mathews

Danny Woodhead

Ronnie Brown

Fozzy Whittaker (Has played far too well to be cut.  Would NEVER make it to practice squad)


Le’Ron McClain

Tight Ends

Antonio Gates

John Phillips

Ladarius Green

Wide Receivers

Malcom Floyd

Vincent Brown

Eddie Royal

Keenan Allen

Seyi Ajirotutu (Definitely going to make this roster, his familiarity and chemistry with Rivers is more than enough alone)

Offensive Line

King Dunlap LT

Chad Rinehart LG

Nick Hardwick C

Jeromy Clary RG

DJ Fluker RT

Michael Harris T (Has looked much better this preseason compared to last year, more promising than Max Starks)

Johnnie Troutman G (too promising to release, could really develop well if given time)

Rich Ohrnberger G/C (Got plenty of snaps at Center in game 3, provides versatility as a backup)


Defensive Line

Kendall Reyes DE

Cam Thomas DT

Corey Liuget DE

Jarius Wynn DE

Damik Scafe DE

Kwame Geathers DT (Does everything asked of him and does it well.  Has tools to really develop in this scheme)

*FREE AGENT* I can easily see them looking for a veteran defensive lineman once cuts have been made.

Outside Linebackers

Dwight Freeney

Jarrett Johnson

Larry English

Tourek Williams

Thomas Keiser (As much as I wanted to keep Beltre here, Keiser is just too good)

Inside Linebackers

Donald Butler

Manti T’eo

D.J. Smith

Andrew Gachkar

Bront Bird (as bad as he can be when playing linebacker, his skill on special teams is too great to lose)


Derek Cox

Shareece Wright

Richard Marshall

Johnny Patrick (Was playing well however his injuries are concerning.  Requires another CB because of this)

Marcus Cromartie (Has played quite well when given a chance)


Eric Weddle FS

Marcus Gilchrist SS

Brandon Taylor SS

Darrell Stuckey FS

Jahleel Addae SS (absolutely no way they can part with Addae.  Made a number of plays in game 3 and got snaps with first team.  He makes this for sure)



Nick Novak


Mike Scifres

Long Snapper

Mike Windt


Luke Tasker WR

Brandon Moore DE

Josh Johnson CB

Nick Becton T

Ben Cotton TE

Sean Cattouse S

Michael Hill RB

Frank Beltre OLB

Last 5 On

Jahleel Addae

Kwame Geathers

Marcus Cromartie

Charlie Whitehurst

Michael Harris

Last 5 Off

Max Starks: Just hasn’t looked good enough to eat up a roster spot.  Knees are completely gone. Walks with a limp at all times basically at this point.

Josh Johnson: Has impressed during practices but hasn’t shown up during games yet.  Tough cut, hope to stash him on practice squad.

Sean Cattouse : Made many plays in first two preseason games.

Frank Beltre: Looks like a better version of Gamble from a few years ago.  Really believe he will develop into a quality NFL player.

Richard Goodman: Tough only because of time with team.  Provides nothing as a receiver and is a mediocre return man at best.