Predicting the 2014 San Diego Chargers' Final 53-Man Roster

San Diego Chargers 2014 Season: Predicting the Final 53-Man Roster

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The San Diego Chargers have some tough decisions to make by Aug. 30 when they are required to cut their roster down to the final 53. This is my prediction of who will be sticking around with the Bolts to take on the Arizona Cardinals for the Sept. 8 matchup on Monday Night Football!

QBs (2)

Philip Rivers
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QBs (2)

Philip Rivers
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Philip Rivers, Kellen Clemens

Obviously the Chargers are hoping for Rivers to stay healthy all season long, but Clemens is a very good backup. There is no need to keep Brad Sorensen on the roster.

RBs (5)

Ryan Mathews
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RBs (5)

Ryan Mathews
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Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Donal Brown, Marion Grice, Branden Oliver

Donald Brown was simply better than Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson last year, so this was a great addition for the Bolts. The Chargers had their eye on Grice throughout the draft, and Oliver has drawn some comparisons to Darren Sproles, so I don't think they will want to risk losing him because I guarantee that other teams have taken notice.

WRs (6)

Chargers' wide receivers
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WRs (6)

Chargers' wide receivers
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Keenan Allen, Malcolm Floyd, Eddie Royal, Vincent Brown, Seyi Ajirotutu, Dontrelle Inman

Vincent Brown has been nursing a calf strain, and his injury history makes him a possible roster cut. However, Brown is a talented receiver who would most surely be picked up by someone else if released. They won’t risk that.

TEs (4)

Antonio Gates
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TEs (4)

Antonio Gates
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Antonio Gates, Ladarius Green, David Johnson, John Phillips

The Chargers will trot out three tight ends at any given time, so they would prefer to have depth. I could, however, possibly see them cutting Phillips. Johnson is great for the Chargers because he plays both tight end and fullback.

OL (8)

Chargers' offensive line
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OL (8)

Chargers' offensive line
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King Dunlap, Chad Rinehart, Nick Hardwick, Johnnie Troutman, D.J. Fluker, Chris Watt, Rich Ohrnberger, Mike Harris

I like this group to start the season. Jeromey Clary may eventually reclaim a spot, but for now, he will start the year on the PUP list.

DL (7)

Corey Liuget
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DL (7)

Corey Liuget
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Corey Liuget, Sean Lissemore, Kendall Reyes, Lawrence Guy, Joe Kruger, Ryan Carrethers, Tenny Palepoi

Corey Liuget has been fantastic, but the group as whole is questionable. I could see the Chargers bringing in some talent off the waiver wires. But if not, I think these are the guys.

LBs (9)

Donald Butler
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LBs (9)

Donald Butler
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Melvin Ingram, Manti Te’o, Donald Butler, Dwight Freeney, Jarret Johnson, Jerry Attaochu, Kavell Conner, Reggie Walker, Andrew Gachkar

I would add Tourek Williams to this list, but I opted to go with five RBs, so Williams is the guy who I think will most likely lose a spot because of it. Freeney is more than ready to prove he's still got it. This group may take people by surprise.

DBs (9)

Jason Verrett draft
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DBs (9)

Jason Verrett draft
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Jason Verrett, Brandon Flowers, Shareece Wright, Chris Davis, Steve Williams, Eric Weddle, Marcus Gilchrist, Jahleel Addae, Darrell Stuckey

The cornerback position has not been a strength of San Diego’s. The Bolts drafted Jason Verrett, who will provide an immediate boost, despite missing time due to a torn labrum. They also went out and added Flowers this offseason. The Chargers desperately need this unit to be an improvement.

STs (3)

Nick Novak
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STs (3)

Nick Novak
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Nick Novak, Mike Scifres, Mike Windt

This is pretty straight forward.

Tyson Sweet is a Seattle Seahawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @The12thDude, like him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google!