SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers must cut their roster to 75 by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here’s a final 53-man roster projection:
Losing all-purpose running back Branden Oliver to an Achilles tendon tear is a crushing blow. Chris Swain is pushing Watt for the starting fullback job. Both Swain and Kenneth Farrow are candidates for the practice squad. Farrow has proven to be a physical runner and capable performer in preseason action.
Burse has been a solid performer, knows all three receiver positions and can also help in a pinch in the return game. Unfortunately Javontee Herndon could never get healthy.
Tim Semisch or Asante Cleveland could be possibilities if the Chargers want to keep four tight ends. San Diego will run more two-tight-end sets this season. McGrath has shown promise as a blocker in the running game.
The loss of seventh-round pick Donavon Clark for the season with an ACL injury hurts the depth here. Marcel Jones, an undrafted rookie out of Nebraska, is a possibility if the Chargers want to keep another player on the active roster for depth. Center Chris Watt should begin the season on the physically unable to perform list.
This is probably the deepest position group on the team. Undrafted rookie Trevor Williams also has made plays and could be a consideration, although former CFL standout Dexter McCoil makes the cut here.
Kaser has looked like he belongs from the start. His 44.7-yard net punting average is No. 4 in the NFL for exhibition play. Kaser also is tied for third in the league during preseason play with six punts downed inside the 20-yard line.