Around the AFC West: Roster cuts

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 24: Denver Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Simian (13) Mark Sanchez (6) Paxton Lynch (12) during OTA's May 24, 2016 at UCHealth Training Facility. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 24: Denver Broncos quarterbacks Trevor Simian (13) Mark Sanchez (6) Paxton Lynch (12) during OTA's May 24, 2016 at UCHealth Training Facility. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images) /
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Melvin Gordon had a disappointing rookie year. That may be compounded by his most recent surgery. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Melvin Gordon had a disappointing rookie year. That may be compounded by his most recent surgery. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /

San Diego Chargers- Biggest Name

The Chargers are going to have a tough time keeping up with the rest of the AFC West this season. They are coming off one of the worst years under Philip Rivers and the defense may still struggle. Much like the Oakland Raiders, the Chargers didn’t have to trim much in the way of big names. Fullback Chris Swain might have the biggest story as he is currently an officer in the Naval Reserve.

Swain rushed for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL’s salute to service night. He may yet be signed to the practice squad as he cleared waivers earlier on Sunday. The Chargers will look to improve their roster through the waiver wire as they have the third highest position on any claims.

Other Notable Names

One position that surprised some with cuts by the Chargers was tight end. The Chargers cut both Tim Semisch and Matt Weiser on Saturday. This leaves them with Antonio Gates who is a shell of his former self, rookie Henry Hunter and former Chief Sean McGrath. If Gates gets hurt again this season then opposing defenses will focus more on the talented wide receiver group. McGrath is serviceable but he’s no playmaker.

The Chargers will also have to make another cut once they activate DE Joey Bosa off of the exempt list sometime this next week.

Click here for a complete list of the San Diego Chargers’ transactions.

Chiefs cuts and reactions are found here, here and here.