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Početno Nick Hardwick Steps Down as Chargers Color Analyst

Nick Hardwick has decided to not return as the Los Angeles Chargers color analyst next season. He worked with Matt “Money” Smith in the team’s first season in the radio booth. On the team website Cheap Philip Rivers Jersey , Hardwick explained his decision to leave the booth after three seasons. In total, Hardwick has been with Chargers as a player or broadcaster for 15 seasons. This is a big life change for a man who has been heavily involved in the Bolts community.Immediately after the Chargers moved from Los Angeles, Hardwick shunned the organization. Stating his displeasure in the team’s controversial decision to skip town. Six months later he accepted the role as color analyst for the Chargers radio broadcasts. With his job at San Diego radio station XTRA 1360, he and his wife’s ownership of a San Diego gym and a growing family, Hardwick couldn't commit to the move to Hollywood. Despite the backlash he may have received for working for the team after trying to distance himself, Hardwick has kept his finger on the pulse of the franchise for a long time. His opinion has weight.The Chargers suddenly have a new vacancy in the booth. Will the team play it safe with a former San Diego great? Ladainian Tomlinson has worked closely with ownership after the move, could he want to try his hand as a color commentator?There will be plenty of options in the massive L.A. market. Who would you like to see take over?Analyzing the Chargers’ initial 53-man roster Cut day has come and gone in the NFL and, needless to say, it did not come without a few surprises as far as the Los Angeles Chargers are concerned. The team kept a couple players who probably didn’t earn it, cut a few players who seemed to have earned back-end roster spots, and cut an offensive lineman no one saw coming.Let’s take an in-depth look at the Chargers initial 53-man roster as we wait for players to clear waivers, the team to announce its practice squad, and hopefully, for a couple waiver wire additions鈥uarterbacksPhilip RiversGeno SmithCardale JonesI suggested keeping Cardale Jones as a potential cut day curveball earlier today, so while I’m not overly surprised Cheap Keenan Allen Jersey , I am disappointed with the decision. Jones was extremely erratic throughout camp and the preseason and looked like he was having a hard time with the speed of preseason games. To be blunt, I just don’t see the value in carrying Jones after losing out to Geno and, at least in my opinion, it appears as though Anthony Lynn let his personal relationship with the quarterback taint his ability to evaluate him objectively.Running backsMelvin Gordon IIIAustin EkelerDetrez NewsomeJustin JacksonKeeping Justin Jackson was another cut day curveball I anticipated earlier today. In my opinion, Jackson is another player who didn’t earn a roster spot following a training camp injury that cost him the first three preseason games. While I’d prefer the team not carry four backs, I think it’s probably temporary. It wouldn’t surprise me if Detrez Newsom finds his way to the practice squad late next week if/when the team needs the roster spot for a free agent or waiver wire addition. I just have a hard time seeing them carry four backs into the season.Wide ReceiversKeenan AllenTyrell WilliamsTravis BenjaminMike WilliamsGeremy DavisJJ Jones*Artavis Scott – placed on Reserve/Injured list, AKA Injured ReserveThere is a lot going on here. First of all, the Chargers did not cut or waive Artavis Scott, they placed him on the reserve/injured list, which is also referred to as the injured reserve. Thanks to the rule change in 2016, each team has the ability to bring two players off of the IR after eight weeks on the list and those players do not have to be given a return designation up front.With Scott injured, the sixth wide receiver spot went to undrafted rookie JJ Jones. It’s a rough break for Scott (no pun intended) and a bit of good fortune for Jones who, at least in my opinion, kind of fell into a roster spot. While JJ showed considerably promise as a return specialist, it’s hard to argue he offers much value as an NFL wide receiver. We’ll see if he sticks once the team starts moving pieces around to make room for free agent and waiver wire additions.I’m a little surprised the team didn’t place Dylan Cantrell on the injured reserve. Not that he necessarily earned the right to be protected Drew Kaser Jersey , I just didn’t think the team would be too keen on exposing him to the waiver wire. Hopefully he clears waivers and can be added to the practice squad.Tight EndsVirgil GreenSean CulkinYes, you read that right – the Chargers only kept two tight ends on the initial roster. While somewhat surprising from a numbers standpoint, it makes sense. None of the other tight ends earned or deserved a roster spot. It’s probably safe to assume the Chargers and Antonio Gates will agree on a new contract and, given the alarming lack of production from this group in the preseason, it wouldn’t surprise me if Gates wasn’t the only addition. I just don’t think keeping three tight ends is enough when one of those tight ends is a 37-year old Antonio Gates.Offensive LineRussell OkungDan FeeneyMike PounceyMichael SchofieldJoe BarksdaleForrest LampScott QuessenberrySam TeviCole TonerNo, I didn’t forget to list last year’s starting center Spencer Pulley. The decision to cut Pulley are arguably the biggest surprise on the initial 53-man roster, but it seems last year’s training camp darling just didn’t show enough improvement to earn a roster spot. Assuming he clears waivers, I suspect the team will try to add Pulley to the practice squad. It would be a complete shock if the team didn’t add a veteran tackle off the waiver wire over the next few days.Defensive EndsJoey BosaMelvin IngramIsaac RochellChris LandrumFinally, a position group that played out as expected.Defensive TacklesBrandon MebaneDarius PhilonDamian SquareJustin JonesAs we all know, Corey Liuget is suspended for the first four games of the season. He does not count against the 53-man roster while he’s suspended or the salary cap while he’s suspended.As you may have noticed, undrafted rookie Steven Richardson did not make the team’s 53-man roster. This is difficult to fathom because “Stove” was arguably the most consistent defensive tackle on the roster through out the preseason, and it becomes even more confusing considering Mebane’s physical decline and the fact that Philon and Jones are both banged up. They needed the extra body on the interior line and Richardson earned his spot, but they apparently valued Cardale Jones and Justin Jackson over former Golden Gopher defensive tackle.I’m trying to get beyond this by convincing myself the team will sign free agent Johnathn Hankins and Richardson will land on the practice squad. Time will tell.LinebackerDenzel PerrymanKyzir WhiteUchenna NwosuHayes PullardJatavis BrownNick Dzubnar I thought there was a chance the team might keep undrafted free agent D’Juan Hines over Nick Dzubnar, but it seems the team valued 48’s special teams contributions too much to cut him. This could prove to be a missed opportunity because Hines proved himself capable of being a core special teams player during the preseason and, unlike Dzubnar Cheap Mike Williams Jersey , he’s actually capable of making a positive contribution as a utility linebacker in case of injury. Hopefully D’Juan clears waivers and makes his way to the practice squad.CornerbacksCasey HaywardTrevor WilliamsDesmond KingMichael DavisCraig MagerBrandon FacysonThe Chargers wisely chose to keep six corners considering the injuries suffered by Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams during camp. As expected, Mager locked down the fifth spot on the depth chart after what may have been his best preseason to date. The surprise here might be that Brandon Facyson made the team considering he was working primarily with the third team defense during the preseason, but my guess is Facyson is a placeholder for a future signing. He’ll likely be headed to the practice squad when the roster is finalized.SafetiesDerwin JamesJahleel AddaeRayshawn JenkinsAdrian PhillipsNo real surprises here. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Chargers are in the market for some veteran depth at this position given the relative inexperience behind Jahleel Addae.Special TeamsCaleb SturgisDrew KaserMike Windt Anthony Lynn hinted the team might keep Sturgis over Roberto Aguayo and that’s how it panned out. I thought Sturgis kicked pretty well and earned the job, but I would have been fine with either. There aren’t any surprises at punter or long snapper. Like some fans, I’m having a hard time reconciling the direction the team took with Cardale Jones, Steven Richardson and, to a lesser extent, Justin Jackson. Cutting Steven Richardson while keeping Cardale Jones and Justin Jackson seems inconsistent with Anthony Lynn’s reputation for holding players accountable; and the decision to keep Jones, in particular, suggests a lack of objectivity.That said, I have to keep reminding myself the team is likely to move a few pieces around over the next 24-48 hours. Hopefully that movement will result in the Chargers signing Johnathan Hankins, Antonio Gates and a veteran offensive tackle; and Steven Richardson and D’Juan Hines landing on the practice squad. Those are my thought on the initial 53-man roster – what did you think?
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