Monday Morning QB: Roster Analysis

The dust has settled -- for the time being -- and the San Diego Chargers have determined the 53 players who will be on the active roster in Week 1. But before we turn our focus to the Kansas City Chiefs, we take a look back at the good, bad and difficult decisions that took place on cut-down day.

Best Cut: Jonathan Crompton

A.J. Smith originally drafted Crompton with the intent of him learning as the No. 3 QB this season. However, the Chargers made the right move here. Crompton was erratic throughout the preseason and would not be able to help the team this season. In fact, his poor play may have been a blessing in disguise, as it allowed the fifth-round pick to make it through waivers without being claimed by another team. Now, Norv Turner will get a chance to continue working with Crompton on the practice squad.

Worst Cut: Josh Reed

It's understandable the Chargers released Reed, who had a disappointing offseason. Nonetheless, he is an established pass-catcher who has averaged 40 catches over the last five seasons. Even with the arrival of Patrick Crayton, the Chargers still have a lot of unproven commodities at receiver. Malcom Floyd has played in all 16 games just once in his career; Legedu Naanee is coming off of offseason foot surgery; and Buster Davis is a hamstring injury waiting to happen. If any of the three goes down, the Chargers will wish they had kept Reed.

Best Keeper: Brandon Hughes

The Chargers kept 11 defensive backs, six corners, which shows how much the team values depth in the secondary. Hughes is limited by a lack of elite speed, but he is a physical defender who can press receivers and come up to stop the run. He is also a force on special teams, which is a big reason he stuck around.

Worst Keeper: Jyles Tucker

Even with Shawne Merriman's Achilles injury, keeping six outside linebackers was excessive, especially considering James Holt can play outside, too. Tucker should have been the man to go, as he has done nothing but disappoint since signing a five-year, $14 million extension after an abbreviated rookie season. He has just 5.5 sacks in the last 20 games, a span that includes 12 starts.

Practice Squad Sleeper: Dedrick Epps

The former Hurricane is excited to be reunited with Rod Chudzinski, who helped bring Epps to Miami in the first place. A two-way tight end with special-teams ability, Epps will now fine-tune his game behind a trio of proven vets. And with Randy McMichael playing on a one-year deal and Kris Wilson working on a two-year pact, there are stepping stones in place for Epps to work his way up the depth chart.

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Michael Lombardo is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and 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 15 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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