Depth Chart Projections, Version 1.0

The season is still months away, but it's never too early to project San Diego's final 53-man roster. Find out who's in danger of losing his roster spot and see which rookies figure to stick.

The following depth-chart projection sees a few notable players being released. Steve Gregory, who played well as the nickel back over the second half of last season, is likely the most significant.

Also left off are veteran defensive linemen Alfonso Boone and Ian Scott, who get caught in a viscous numbers game. The numbers game also takes down Jyles Tucker, who loses his battle with Antwan Applewhite.

The last player released is Corey Clark, as the Chargers decide to go with only eight offensive linemen. The versatility of Scott Mruczkowski and Brandyn Dombrowski makes this possible.

Without further ado, the projected 53-man roster.

Offense

QB: Philip Rivers, Billy Volek, Jonathan Crompton
RB: Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Marcus Mason
FB: Jacob Hester, Mike Tolbert
LT: Marcus McNeill
LG: Kris Dielman, Tryonne Green
C: Nick Hardwick, Scott Mruczkowski
RG: Louis Vasquez
RT: Jeromey Clary, Brandyn Dombrowski
TE: Antonio Gates, Kris Wilson, Dedrick Epps
WR: Vincent Jackson, Buster Davis
WR: Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee, Gary Banks

Defense

DE: Luis Castillo, Ryon Bingham, Vaughn Martin
NT: Ogemdi Nwagbuo, Antonio Garay, Cam Thomas
DE: Jacques Cesaire, Travis Johnson
OLB: Shawne Merriman, Larry English
ILB: Stephen Cooper, Donald Butler, James Holt
ILB: Kevin Burnett, Brandon Siler
OLB: Shaun Phillips, Antwan Applewhite
CB: Quentin Jammer, Nathan Vasher
CB: Antoine Cason, Donald Strickland
SS: Kevin Ellison, Darrell Stuckey
FS: Eric Weddle, Paul Oliver, C.J. Spiller

Special Teams

K: Nate Kaeding
P: Mike Scifres
LS: David Binn


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