2.) Undrafted rookie FB Mike Tolbert is going to make the active roster and be a big part of the team's success. Tolbert is a powerful lead blocker who finds his targets quickly and completely runs them out of plays. He also offers surprising athleticism as a short-yardage runner and a receiver out of the backfield. Incumbent Andrew Pinnock has yet to fully recover from offseason microfracture surgery; once he does, he'll have to battle to pry his job back from Tolbert.
3.) RB Darren Sproles all but cemented his spot as the primary backup behind LaDainian Tomlinson. Ironically, the speedy Sproles has taken his game to the next level by learning how to slow down. Sproles has figured out how to let his blocks develop in front of him before exploding through the hole. It showed against the Seahawks, when Sproles averaged 7.8 yards per carry and scored San Diego's first touchdown, all against the Seahawks' first-string defense.
WR Malcom Floyd
5.) WR Malcom Floyd certainly helped his chances of sticking on the active roster by catching the game-winning two-point conversion. Floyd's size (6 foot 5, 225 lbs.) makes him a great target in the red zone and on go-routes, which should give him enough value to stick around. Floyd has cemented his spot on the depth chart ahead of PR Mark Jones; now, Floyd has to hope the Chargers keep six receivers on the active roster.
6.) LB Jyles Tucker wasted no time in proving his five-year contract extension was a wise investment. Tucker finished the game with five tackles and one near sack, as Seahawks QB Charlie Frye somehow wiggled free with Tucker wrapped around his legs. The Chargers were high on Tucker even before Shawne Merriman's injured knee came to light. The trick now is for Tucker to turn his potential into productivity. So far, so good.
7.) The Chargers' run defense continues to get carved up with Jamal Williams on the sidelines, allowing each preseason foe to average at least 4.8 yards per carry. Head Coach Norv Turner wants to get Williams some playing time in the preseason finale against the San Francisco 49ers, but the team might select to rest Williams for the regular-season opener. Brandon McKinney has struggled in Williams' absence and may have played his way off the roster. If that's the case, Ryon Bingham would take over as the top backup nose tackle, opening a spot at defensive end for either Keith Grennan or Andre Coleman. Grennan had a forced fumble in Monday's victory.
8.) FS Brian Bonner finally made a stand-out play in the preseason, but it may be too little too late. Bonner intercepted a Seneca Wallace pass to seal the win, with Cletis Gordon getting credit for the assist after tipping the pass. Bonner is one of the undrafted free agents who had a legitimate shot to make the active roster because of the Chargers' limited depth at safety, but it appears that opportunity may have fallen by the wayside. Backup SS Steve Gregory's recent contract extension only makes Bonner's uphill climb all the steeper.
9.) K Nate Kaeding connected on his only field goal attempt on Monday, a 40-yard attempt that came just one minute before halftime. Kaeding has converted all four of his field goal attempts this preseason and seems to be in the best form of his five-year career. He's also getting good distance and direction on his kickoffs, placing them deep in the corner of the field without sending them out of bounds.
10.) San Diego's kick coverage teams have a chance to be historically good. They made another big play against the Seahawks when Tim Dobbins planted Jordan Kent with a huge hit shortly before halftime. The lineup of Dobbins, Kassim Osgood, Carlos Polk, Brandon Siler and Gregory is downright filthy.
Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 15 years and covered the team since 2003.