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Chargers Choose Final 53

Well, For Now, At Least

By Derek Togerson
|  Sunday, Sep 4, 2011  |  Updated 9:21 AM PDT
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Chargers Choose Final 53

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Meet the 2011 San Diego Chargers.

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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.

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