Analyzing the First Round of Roster Cuts

The Chargers made a flurry of moves this week to get the roster down to 75 players. Some of the transactions were widely expected, while others were more surprising. Here is a detailed look at the more noteworthy moves that comprised the first round of cuts.

Most Surprising Release: Brandon Ghee

When the Chargers signed Ghee to a two-year deal in March, the prevailing thought was: If he can stay healthy, he will prove to be a steal. Instead, he stayed healthy and failed to make it out of the preseason. The six-foot Ghee was signed to add size and physicality to a secondary short on both. Instead, he was leapfrogged by 2013 fifth-round pick Steve Williams and undrafted rookie (and Iron Bowl hero) Chris Davis.

Biggest Blow: Kwame Geathers to I.R.

Geathers did not play much as a rookie but was expected to take on a much bigger role this season. After Cam Thomas left as a free agent, Geathers worked diligently to improve his conditioning and technique to prepare himself to step into that role. Now, his season is over before it began. The Chargers will turn to fifth-round pick Ryan Carrethers as the top backup nose tackle. Carrethers has outstanding size and strength, but his technique and football IQ have a long way to go. If Sean Lissmore (ankle) does not make a quick recovery, Carrethers will be forced into the fire right out of the gate.

Begin the Battle: Jeromey Clary to PUP List

Clary was moved to the reserve-PUP list, ensuring he will miss at least the first six games of the season. While the move was widely expected, if officially begins the competition for the starting right guard job. Johnnie Troutman started nine games last season. He was a little penalty prone, drawing eight flags, but he gave up just three sacks and played a big part in Ryan Mathews' breakout season. He will be pushed hard by third-round pick Chris Watt, who has impressed with his toughness and intelligence.

Pull the Plug: Nick Becton

Becton was always viewed as a developmental projected. But because of his pass-blocking skills and athleticism, the hope was he would emerge -- at the very worst -- as a solid swing tackle. Instead, he was the first tackle given the axe, falling before even undrafted rookie Jeremiah Sirles. There is still a chance Becton could land back on the practice squad, where he spent much of last season, but it appears more likely he will never fulfill his potential in San Diego.

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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 18 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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