Days after cutting down to the 53-player limit as well as making some last-minute additions, the San Diego Chargers have likely finalized their roster and their practice squad.
On Monday, the Chargers added their eighth and final member to their practice squad, Brandon Moore. The undrafted rookie defensive end was a surprise to most that he made the initial 53-man roster, but he released one day later in favor of more experienced defensive ends Sean Lissenmore and Drake Nevis, who the Chargers acquired on Sunday. Moore looked good in the preseason and could have a bright future with the Bolts. Another defensive end, Will Pericak, who is overcoming Type-1 diabetes to play, was also signed to the practice squad.
A pair of tackles made the practice squad, including Nick Becton who was among San Diego’s final cuts. Becton is an athletic tackle but was unable to get a starting gig in college until his senior year. With little experience even at the collegiate level, Becton is developmental project with upside. Another tackle, Kenny Wiggins, has spent two years on an NFL practice squad and will spend a third with the Chargers.
A pair of pass catchers, wide receiver Toney Clemons and tight end Jake Byrne were also added. Both have a year of practice squad experience under their belts.
In a mild surprise move, the Chargers chose to keep sixth-round rookie Tourek Williams on their roster over Thomas Keiser, who was released but signed to the practice squad. Keiser has 4.5 career sacks in 12 games with the Carolina Panthers. Keiser had a pretty good preseason, including a three-sack performance against the Arizona Cardinals.
Another defender, cornerback Marcus Cromartie, was cut by the Bolts but added to the practice squad. Cromartie has a lot of potential, but wasn’t overly impressive in preseason and was abused by Quinton Patton in the preseason finale. Given the injury histories of the Chargers’ four cornerbacks who did make the team, Cromartie needs to be ready in case he’s called up to the roster.
These players may sound irrelevant now, don’t forget their names. Like every NFL team, the Chargers will likely need to dig into their practice squad at some point in the season due to injury to fill game day rosters.