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Chargers Choose Final 53

Well, For Now, At Least

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    Meet the 2011 San Diego Chargers.

    The 2011 Chargers look a little something like this:

    QUARTERBACK:

    Philip Rivers

    Billy Volek

    RUNNING BACK:

    Jacob Hester

    Ryan Mathews

    Jordan Todman

    Mike Tolbert

    WIDE RECEIVER:

    Vincent Brown

    Patrick Crayton

    Malcom Floyd

    Richard Goodman

    Vincent Jackson

    Bryan Walters

    OFFENSIVE LINE:

    Jeromey Clary

    Kris Dielman

    Brandyn Dombrowski

    Tyronne Green

    Nick Hardwick

    Marcus McNeill

    Scott Mruczkowski

    Louis Vasquez

    TIGHT END:

    Antonio Gates

    Randy McMichael

    Kory Sperry

    DEFENSIVE LINE:

    Luis Castillo

    Jacques Cesaire

    Antonio Garay

    Corey Liuget

    Vaughn Martin

    Cam Thomas

    LINEBACKER:

    Antwan Barnes

    Donald Butler

    Stephen Cooper

    Na’il Diggs

    Larry English

    Andrew Gachkar

    Darryl Gamble

    Travis LaBoy

    Jonas Mouton

    Shaun Phillips

    Takeo Spikes

    CORNERBACK:

    Antoine Cason

    Marcus Gilchrist

    Dante Hughes

    Quentin Jammer

    Shareece Wright

    SAFETY:

    Steve Gregory

    Bob Sanders

    Darrell Stuckey

    C.J. Wallace

    Eric Weddle

    SPECIALISTS:

    Nate Kaeding (K)

    Mike Scifres (P)

    Mike Windt (LS)

    If you took the time to read all 53 names, you'll see a couple of surprises, like linebacker Na'il Diggs. The 12 year veteran was signed to a 1-year contract Saturday morning. He'll add some valuable depth to the middle of the Chargers' defense.

    Two of the guys who San Diego fans were rooting for made the cut. Linebacker Darryl Gamble and wide receiver Bryan Walters made their first NFL roster. Both players went undrafted out of college and played tremendously well during the preseason.

    A few interesting omissions are defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo, wideout Seyi Ajirotutu and quarterback Scott Tolzien. Nwagbuo was a solid contributor on the defensive line for a couple of seasons but was the odd man out after the Bolts drafted Corey Liuget in the first round. Ajirotutu was extremely solid in nine games with the Chargers in 2010, but he was edged out by Walters and Richard Goodman, who can both help in the return game.

    Tolzien is probably the most interesting cut. The Chargers only carried three quarterbacks during the exhibition season. Tolzien, an undrafted free agent from Wisconsin, showed promise during training camp. If he's not claimed by another team by Sunday morning at 9:00 San Diego time, the Chargers can put him on their 8-man practice squad.

    Also of note, the only draft pick not to make the team is OL Stephen Schilling, the 6th round choice from Michigan. In 2010, two of the Bolts' choices didn't make the opening day roster and only Ryan Mathews had even a minor impact.