Bubble Watch for San Diego Chargers' Training Camp
Several players stand firmly on the roster bubble heading into San Diego Chargers' training camp, and by the start of the season we'll find out which ones made the cut.
Three undrafted rookie free agents and three veterans make up this list of bubble watch players set to start camp on July 25. These six players will really have to bring it in order to make the final roster of 53.
Here are the six players on the roster bubble watch during training camp.
Depth Chart Position: 3rd-string strong safety
Analysis: An undrafted free agent from Central Michigan, Jahleel Addae is on the roster bubble as a possible third-string strong safety behind Brandon Taylor.
The Chargers are not yet set at the position, but training camp will eventually help determine who is deserving of the spot. Addae's chances of making the roster are fairly good considering Taylor is recovering from an ACL injury, but it will still be a tough road for the rookie nonetheless.
Depth Chart Position: 3rd-string defensive tackle
Analysis: Byron Jerideau is not a guarantee as third-string defensive tackle, but his competition consists of fellow undrafted free agent Kwame Geathers.
The former South Caroline Gamecock will battle Geathers for the chance to crack the rotation at defensive tackle, but it's also a possibility he make the team regardless of his spot on the depth chart.
The Chargers have just three defensive tackles on the roster, and it's no secret that defensive coordinator John Pagano likes to mix things up in his scheme.
Depth Chart Position: 4th-string outside linebacker
Analysis: The Chargers' sixth-round draft choice out of Florida International has been given a legitimate chance to make the 53-man roster after Melvin Ingram suffered an injury.
Jarret Johnson and Dwight Freeney will, no doubt, be the featured starters, but the reserves consist of Larry English and Thomas Keiser.
English is on the roster bubble himself, so it's quite possible Williams overtake him and move up the depth chart.
Experience: 5 years
Depth Chart Position: 3rd-string outside linebacker
Analysis: As mentioned in the previous slide, Larry English is and has been on the roster bubble for the past couple seasons. English is a leftover product of the A.J. Smith era that never reached expectations but escaped training camp cuts yearly.
Now in his sixth and final year of his contract, English will have to pull out all the stops to make the roster. GM Tom Telesco has no problem releasing veterans as we saw him do just that when he arrived in San Diego.
Experience: 4 years
Depth Chart Position: 2nd-string fullback
Analysis: The Chargers will be Chris Gronkowski's fourth NFL team in four years, but this difference this time around is that he may not make it to the start of the season.
San Diego already has a veteran fullback in Le'Ron McClain, so Gronkowski was on the roster bubble from the day he joined the team.
Barring a freak injury to McClain during training camp, Gronkowski will probably compete to play on special teams unless the team has other plans for him. Keep in mind that Gronkowski is familiar with Tom Telesco and Mike McCoy, whom he played for in 2011 and 2012.
Experience: 3 years
Depth Chart Position: 7th-string receiver
Analysis: Richard Goodman's specialty is kick returns, and while he's fairly good at it, the Chargers don't have room for a seventh receiver unless they clear space.
Goodman is on the roster bubble this year because the team drafted a rookie who's more than capable of taking that job from the third-year player.