Chargers: Cutdown analysis

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Biggest surprise: The Chargers' list of cuts was one of the most straightforward in the league. There was little room for change and, as a result, very few surprises. The most recognizable name on the list is linebacker Carlos Polk, who was with the team since 2001. Rookie running back Marcus Thomas, the team's fifth-round pick was cut because there just wasn't any room for him. The Chargers likely will try to get Thomas on the practice squad but it wouldn't be a surprise if he is claimed off waivers Sunday. Sixth-round pick DeJuan Tribble and seventh-round pick Corey Clark squeezed their way onto the roster. Three of San Diego's five draft picks made the 53-man roster.

No-brainer: Undrafted free agent rookie Mike Tolbert made the team at fullback. The Coastal Carolina product opened eyes beginning in the offseason program. He was a preeseason standout and basically secured his spot on the roster weeks ago. The Chargers think they really have something in Tolbert.

What's next: The Chargers will monitor their injury situation but if this team can stay healthy, don't expect many changes. With Scott Chandler being put on the injured reserve Saturday, the team could use some help at tight end and depending on what happens with Shawne Merriman down the road, linebacker could be an area San Diego considers.