Full Training Camp Roster Breakdown for San Diego Chargers

Marcelo VillaCorrespondent IIJuly 20, 2013

Full Training Camp Roster Breakdown for San Diego Chargers

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    Looking at the complete roster of 90 players that the San Diego Chargers will bring into training camp, it's going to be another difficult year of cuts to get down to 53.

    Every position on the roster will have some form of competition in camp with exception to long snapper and punter.

    Here is a complete breakdown of who will be joining the Chargers in San Diego for this year's training camp.

     

Quarterbacks

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    Philip Rivers (No.17)

    San Diego's franchise quarterback is on a mission to get his game back, and he'll be supported on that long journey by offensive gurus Mike McCoy and Ken Wisenhunt. The Chargers don't get any better in 2013 unless Rivers progresses during training camp.

     

    Charlie Whitehurst (No. 6)

    Rivers' longtime backup should have no trouble retaining his role on the team, but he does have company in camp.

     

    Brad Sorensen (No. 4)

    The Chargers selected Brad Sorensen in the seventh round of this year's draft out of Southern Utah. The Grand Terrace, CA native leaves SUU as the school's all-time passing leader, but that probably won't be enough to keep him on the roster.

     

    Mike Hermann (No. 7)

    The 6'5", 254-pound quarterback out of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY is a rare specimen with an inspirational story, but he's in the same boat as Sorensen during camp. Beating out Whitehurst will be no easy task.

Running Backs

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    Ryan Mathews (No. 24)

    Barring another year of clavicle problems, Ryan Mathews will be the featured back in San Diego. His fourth year with the team will be highly scrutinized if he is unable to deliver.

     

    Danny Woodhead (No. 39)

    Danny Woodhead is a welcome addition to the Chargers after spending the better part of his career in New England with the Patriots. His role on offense will almost certainly take advantage of his soft hands out of the backfield.

     

    Ronnie Brown (No. 23)

    Ronnie Brown was heavily featured in the Chargers' run game last season due to Mathews' injury and yet he failed to impress with the increased load. Brown did, however, demonstrate his value in the passing game, which is probably the reason he was brought back in the offseason.

     

    Edwin Baker (No. 20)

    A seventh-round pick from a year ago, Edwin Baker spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad before he was brought up to the active roster. He can expect a similar outcome in 2013 if the Chargers don't plan on keeping four running backs.

     

    Foswhitt Whittaker (No. 34)

    Claimed off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals during the offseason, Foswhitt Whittaker has an uphill battle in making the final roster.

     

    Michael Hill (No. 30)

    A dark-horse candidate to make the final roster, Michael Hill dominated the competition in Division II last year at Missouri Western.

Wide Receivers

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    Danario Alexander (No. 84)

    The favorite to be San Diego's lead receiver in 2013, Danario Alexander simply has to play like he did in the middle of last season.

     

    Malcom Floyd (No. 80)

    San Diego's most productive receiver since Vincent Jackson left for Tampa bay, Malcom Floyd will have nagging competition from the likes of Vincent Brown and possibly Keenan Allen.

     

    Vincent Brown (No. 86)

    The Chargers may want to limit Vincent Brown's playing time during the preseason just to ensure he doesn't suffer another catastrophic injury that subtracts another year from his career. The word on the street is he has starting potential.

     

    Eddie Royal (No. 11)

    Eddie Royal is being given a second chance to make things right with the Chargers as he attempts to wipe away all memory of the bust season he put up in 2012. Royal is expected to be the team's top slot receiver going into camp.

     

    Robert Meachem (No. 12)

    Robert Meachem's future with the team is hazy at this point, and if he allows younger players like Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen to surpass him, then he's more than likely one of Telesco's soon-to-be casualties.

     

    Keenan Allen (No. 13)

    The rookie wideout from Cal wants to prove the critics wrong that his knee injury wasn't a good reason to decrease his draft stock. Allen could be featured in the passing game as well as a return specialist.

     

    Richard Goodman (No. 15)

    Last season's kick return specialist is on the roster bubble heading into camp with Brown healthy and Allen in the mix. Goodman will have to prove he can do more than field kicks.

     

    Mike Willie (No. 10)

    Mike Willie spent most of 2012 on the practice squad, but he did eventually make it to the active roster. However, the depth at receiver hasn't helped his chances at making the active roster this year.

     

    Dan DePalma (No. 82)

    An undrafted free agent of the New York Jets in 2011, Dan DePalma spent all of 2011 and most of 2012 on the New York Giants' practice squad before signing with the Chargers. The practice squad looks like an option for him again this year.

     

    Luke Tasker (No. 2)

    Son of NFL special-teams great Steve Tasker, the younger Luke will join the Chargers at camp after his record-breaking career at Cornell. There's hope he can follow in the old man's footsteps and make the team as a special teamer.

     

    Deon Butler (No. 3)

    More roster depth to include in training camp. Deon Butler was a former third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 but never panned out with the team.

Tight Ends

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    Antonio Gates (No. 85)

    San Diego's future Hall of Fame tight end will play his 11th season with the Chargers while attempting to prove he still has gas left in the tank.

     

    John Phillips (No. 83)

    Signed over from Dallas in the offseason, John Phillips will handle the majority of the team's blocking assignments from the tight end position.

     

    Ladarius Green (No. 89)

    A fourth-round pick of A.J. Smith in 2012, Ladarius Green was briefly featured last season, but the expectation is he'll improve after watching Gates for a year.

     

    Dallas Walker (No. 81)

    Dallas Walker was a high school basketball champion at Madison-Ridgeland Academy before he eventually wound up playing tight end at Western Michigan. 

     

    Ben Cotton (No. 87)

    Ben Cotton competed in football, baseball, basketball, and track and field at the high school level before his career at Nebraska. He was also an Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten the past two seasons.

     

    David Rolf (No. 88)

    David Rolf is a converted tight end who played defensive end at Michigan State before making the switch at Utah in 2010.

Offensive Tackles

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    Max Starks (No. 70)

    The longtime Pittsburgh Steeler will bolster the offensive line at left tackle in his 10th NFL season.

     

    DJ. Fluker (No. 76)

    San Diego's first-round draft pick out of Alabama is expected to start at right tackle where he started 27 games the past two seasons for Nick Saban.

     

    King Dunlap (No. 77)

    The massive offensive tackle prospect measures in at a whopping 6'9" and 330 pounds. He played the last four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and started 12 games for them in 2012.

     

    Brandyn Dombrowski (No. 62)

    Brandyn Dombrowski battled a foot injury that kept him out all of last season but is healthy enough to compete for a roster spot in 2013. 

     

    Michael Harris (No. 79)

    Michael Harris struggled last season as the option at left tackle in place of the injured Jared Gaither, but he is ready to develop in a backup role.

     

    Nick Becton (No. 67)

    An undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech, Nick Becton started 13 games at left tackle for the Hokies.

Offensive Guards

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    Chad Rinehart (No. 78)

    Chad Rinehard was acquired from Buffalo during the offseason and is expected to start at left guard. He has struggled to stay healthy over his five-year career.

     

    Jeromey Clary (No. 66)

    The converted right tackle is expected to fill in at right guard after being criticized for his play at tackle. He's one of two remaining starters from a year ago.

     

    Rich Ohrnberger (No. 74)

    Signed in the offseason from Arizona, Rich Ohrnberger is hopeful to gain a roster spot as a reserve guard. Like Rinehart, Ohrnberger has also struggled to stay healthy.

     

    Steve Schilling (No. 72)

    A sixth-round pick of the Chargers in 2011, Steve Schilling has spent time on and off the active roster with frequent visits to the practice squad. 

     

    Randy Richards (No. 65)

    The undrafted free agent out of Missouri State was the Missouri State Offensive Lineman of Year and co-team captain in 2012.

     

    Johnnie Troutman (No. 63)

    The fifth-round pick last year out of Penn State was forced to miss his rookie season due to a pectoral injury that he sustained before the draft. Troutman is in a scenario to earn a spot in the reserves now that he's healed from his injury.

Centers

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    Nick Hardwick (No. 61)

    San Diego's only remaining 16-game starter from last season is one of the best at his position and a key piece of the offensive line.

     

    Colin Baxter (No. 64)

    Colin Baxter was signed as an undrafted rookie in 2011 by the Chargers but spent time with New York Jets as well. He played on special teams for San Diego late last season.

     

    David Molk (No. 60)

    The seventh-round pick in 2012 was mentored by Hardwick last season. He won't start but should see action on special teams and be the Chargers' No. 2 center granted he can beat out Baxter.

Defensive Ends

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    Corey Liuget (No. 94)

    The 2011 first-round pick broke out in his sophomore season with a career-high seven sacks in 2012.

     

    Kendall Reyes (No. 91)

    The second-round pick of 2012 recorded 5.5 sacks in his rookie season and should be more heavily featured next season.

     

    Jarius Wynn (No. 99)

    Jarius Wynn spent three season with Green Bay before signing with Tennessee in 2012. He played in seven games and recorded two sacks.

     

    Damik Scafe (No. 75)

    Damik Scage is an undrafted free agent out of Boston College from a year ago who spent time on the practice squad and active roster. 

     

    Logan Harrell (No. 72)

    The godson of Hall of Fame lineman Jack Youngblood, Logan Harrell spent 2012 on the practice squad as an undrafted free agent out of Fresno State.

     

    Jamarkus McFarland (No. 98)

    Jamarkus McFarland started 12 games at defensive tackle for the Oklahoma Sooners and will join Chargers as an undrafted free agent.

Defensive Tackles

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    Cam Thomas (No. 93)

    Cam Thomas played in 16 games at defensive tackle for San Diego the past two seasons and will assume the starting job in 2013.

     

    Kwame Geathers (No. 92)

    The undrafted free agent out of Georgia played in 14 games at defensive tackle. He comes from a football family and has a good chance to make the roster because of thin depth.

     

    Byron Jerideau (No. 68)

    The South Carolina Gamecock started 13 games in 2012 and will challenge Geathers for a roster spot as an undrafted free agent.

     

    Brandon Moore (No. 73)

    The junior played in 12 games at defensive tackle for Texas. He will battle fellow undrafted free-agents Geathers and Jerideau for a roster spot.

Outside Linebackers

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    Jarret Johnson (No. 96)

    The experienced run-stopper is entering his second year with the Chargers after racking up 40 total tackles last year.

     

    Dwight Freeney (No. 95)

    San Diego's biggest free-agent pickup of the year struggled last year with Indianapolis in a hybrid defensive scheme.

     

    Thomas Keiser (No. 90)

    An elbow injury ended his second season with Carolina prematurely after he showed glimpses of potential in 2011. He was picked up by the Chargers to compete for a reserve spot.

     

    Larry English (No. 52)

    A failed first-round pick from 2009 in the final year of his contract, Larry English has an opportunity to make the roster as a result of Melvin Ingram's injury.

     

    Frank Beltre (No. 46)

    The undrafted free agent played defensive end at Towson where he recorded four sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

     

    Tourek Williams (No. 58)

    A sixth-round draft choice of the Chargers this year out of Florida International, Tourek Williams led  the team with 6.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss during 2012 season.

     

    Devan Walker (No. 48)

    Devan Walker played defensive end at Southeastern Louisiana but will play outside linebacker with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent during camp. 

     

Inside Linebackers

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    Manti Te'o (No. 50)

    The Heisman Trophy finalist with a resume to match at Notre Dame will be placed into a starting role next to Donald Butler.

     

    Donald Butler (No. 56)

    Donald Butler will serve as mentor to Te'o as the rookie learns the ropes in San Diego's defense. He's very good at what he does at such a young age and is  a bright spot to watch.

     

    Jonas Mouton (No. 57)

    The 2011 second-round pick has been forced to wait his turn due to injury. He played in three games last season but is not a real threat to Te'o or Butler.

     

    D.J. Smith (No. 51)

    Claimed off waivers from Green Bay in the offseason, D.J. Smith should be a lock to make reserves provided he's healthy enough. He suffered a serious knee injury in 2012.

     

    Andrew Gachkar (No. 59)

    The third-year linebacker was primarily featured on special teams but does have experience as a reserve on defense.

     

    Phillip Dillard (No. 53)

    Phillip Dillard spent time on New York Giants practice squad as a rookie in 2010. Since then, Dillard has played for the UFL and on the Carolina Panthers practice squad.

     

    Bront Bird (No. 97)

    Cut by the team last year during training camp, he returned late in the season when the linebackers unit was hit with injuries. 

     

    Daniel Molls (No. 49)

    An undrafted free agent out of Toledo, Daniel Molls earned first-team All-Mid-American Conference after leading the nation with 166 tackles.

Cornerbacks

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    Derek Cox (No. 22)

    The free-agent acquisition from Jacksonville with starting experience will step in as San Diego's No. 1 cornerback.

     

    Shareece Wright (No. 29)

    The second-year player will be handed the reins as the Chargers' No. 2 cornerback because of a depleted secondary.

     

    Steve Williams (No. 27)

    The fifth-round draft choice out of Cal will compete to be the team's slot corner if Marcus Gilchrist is in fact the starter at strong safety.

     

    Johnny Patrick (No. 26)

    The third-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2011 played in 14 games last season and was claimed by the Chargers in the offseason.

     

    Greg Gatson (No. 31)

    Greg Gatson shifted frequently from practice squad to the active roster last season. He ended up playing two games with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent.

     

    Cornelius Brown (No. 41)

    Cornelius Brown played in 10 games for the Indianapolis Colts last season after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears.

     

    Josh Johnson (No. 36)

    The second-team All-Big Ten out of Purdue will add depth to the secondary for camp.

     

    Greg Brown (No. 43)

    Greg Brown started 12 games at cornerback for Kansas and joins the team as an undrafted free agent.

     

    Marcus Cromartie (No. 35)

    The cousin of former Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie was named honorable mention All-Big Ten at Wisconsin.

     

    Kenny Okoro (No. 45)

    The undrafted free agent out of Wake Forest is noted for having had a strong spring in ESPN's AFC West blog. He could be a contender for a roster spot.

Safeties

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    Eric Weddle (No. 32)

    San Diego's Pro Bowl safety was recently ranked the AFC West's top defensive back by ESPN's Bill Williamson, and he'll have no problem proving why this upcoming season.

     

    Marcus Gilchrist (No. 38)

    A converted slot corner from last season, Marcus Gilchrist is a strong candidate for the open spot at strong safety next to Weddle.

     

    Darrell Stuckey (No. 25)

    The special teams standout has little experience playing on defense for the Chargers, but is getting a look at strong safety during the offseason anyway.

     

    Brandon Taylor (No. 28)

    Gilchrist's biggest competition is recovering from a major knee injury from 2012 but is hoping to be ready by training camp.

     

    Jahleel Addae (No. 37)

    The undrafted free agent out of Central Michigan was a two-time defensive player of the year for the Chippewas and is a possible sleeper pick to make the roster.

     

    Sean Cattouse (No. 40)

    Sean Cattouse played in one game for San Diego in 2012 after signing as an undrafted rookie. He's probably a fit on the practice squad once again.

Specialists

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    Mike Scifres (No. 5)

    Voted the team's Special Teams Player of the year in 2012, Mike Scifres is still very effective in his 11th season and regarded as one of the league's best.

     

    Nick Novak (No. 9)

    Nate Kaeding's successor in San Diego is just as accurate, but he needs to make kicks in the postseason to differentiate himself from Kaeding.

     

    Richard Kent (No. 1)

    It's highly unlikely the former Vanderbilt kicker will make his way onto the roster, but he'll allow Novak to rest his leg during the preseason.

     

    Mike Windt (No. 47)

    Mike Windt will handle long-snapping duties for the fourth consecutive season.