San Diego Chargers: Predicting the Practice Squad

Mike Walkusky@mwalkuskyContributor IAugust 31, 2012

San Diego Chargers: Predicting the Practice Squad

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    The practice squad of the San Diego Chargers has produced some great players in the past decade.

    Kris Dielman and Malcom Floyd are among the players the team has stashed on their practice squad in recent history.

    Let's take a look at eight players whom the Chargers might try to sneak on their practice squad after they make their final roster cuts.

Mike Willie, WR

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    Mike Willie has been impressive during the preseason. 

    Willie is a better wide receiver than Richard Goodman, but Goodman might have the edge to make the roster because of his ability to return kicks and Willie's practice-squad eligibility. 

Ricky Elmore, OLB

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    Ricky Elmore has exhibited the ability to rush the passer, and that's something every team can use on their practice squad.

Jarrett Lee, QB

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    Last year, the Chargers tried to sneak Scott Tolzien onto their practice squad, but the San Francisco 49ers poached him.

    The Chargers will likely try to do the same thing with Jarrett Lee this year. Lee has been very impressive during the preseason.

    It would be great if the Chargers could develop Lee's game and not have him take a spot on the 53-man roster.

Colin Baxter, C/G

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    This spot on the practice squad will be taken up by either Colin Baxter or David Molk.

    It looks like Molk will be the one to make the roster right now. Both players are impressive center prospects, and the Chargers will need to groom one of them to replace Nick Hardwick in the near future.

Greg Gatson, CB

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    The Chargers are thin at cornerback, so they will have to stash at least one cornerback on their practice squad.

    If DeAndre Presley doesn't make the team, expect him to take this spot over Greg Gatson.

Darryl Gamble, OLB

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    Darryl Gamble was extremely impressive during the 2011 preseason.

    He hasn't done enough to make the roster this year, but he still has enough talent to land him on the practice squad.

Edwin Baker, RB

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    Edwin Baker has done very little during the preseason, but he was at least able to make it further than Michael Hayes as far as cuts go.

    Baker would be a good player to stash on the practice squad and develop for the future.

Damik Scafe, DE

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    Damik Scafe is a big body that the Chargers can use during practice.

    Scafe may not end up being a contributor during regular-season games, but it is always nice to have an extra big body to try to develop.