The Chargers have set their 53-man roster. For now, at least.
“We have work to do,” General Manager Tom Telesco said Sunday. “When you talk about the roster, it’s never over. It’s never done.”
It’s why the vast majority NFL players can rarely afford to let down their guards. All but the league’s most reliable stars hover near the brink of joblessness — with anything from injuries to crowded depth charts threatening to push them into unemployment.
For Los Angeles’ new football team, the latest victims were receiver Geremy Davis and cornerback Craig Mager, waived Sunday after making the initial 53-man roster a day earlier. Their departures made room for two waiver claims: offensive tackle Michael Schofield (from the Broncos) and defensive back Jeff Richards (from the Panthers).
More intriguing of the two additions is Schofield — a 6-foot-7 lineman who won a Super Bowl in Denver, where the Chargers open the regular season next Monday. Three years removed from a third-round selection out of Michigan, the Schofield has 29 starts under his belt, with experience at both tackle and guard. He is expected to see more work at the latter position in Los Angeles.
Adding Schofield is the latest step in an ongoing project for the Chargers, whose playoff hopes hinge on being able to protect 35-year-old quarterback Philip Rivers. This weekend, that offensive line depth chart changed again, with backup guard Donavon Clark landing on injured reserve and backup tackle Tyreek Burwell reaching an injury settlement.
According to Telesco, the team would have been interested in Schofield even without those two injuries up front.
“As the year goes on it gets harder and harder to add some good depth at different positions,” he said. “So, if you have an opportunity at the cut to 53, it’s a good place to do that.”
Richards, a former Grey Cup champion with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, has yet to make his regular-season NFL debut. But at 6-foot-2, he stands 3 inches taller than any other cornerback on the Chargers’ roster.
That was one trait that made him more valuable than Mager (5-foot-11), a 2015 third-round pick who missed part of training camp with a hamstring injury.
Davis was expendable given the presence of five other receivers on the active roster — including No. 7 overall Mike Williams, still recovering from a herniated disk in his lower back.
Also gone are veteran safety Dwight Lowery and kicker Josh Lambo, the most notable casualties…