While many around the country were celebrating Labor Day weekend, Los Angeles Chargers front office and coaching staff were hard at work. Once the primary roster cuts were made on Saturday, the Bolts began making adjustments to their opening day roster. Here were some of the notable roster moves that were made over the weekend.
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The Chargers announced on Monday that they have placed LB Denzel Perryman on the Reserve/Injured list. The third-year linebacker injured his ankle in the preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. This is a move that had been highly expected, but the Bolts hope he can return later in the year.
In order to fill Perryman’s roster spot, the team re-signed back up quarterback Kellen Clemens. Chargers head coach, Anthony Lynn had expressed a desire to carry three quarterbacks on the 2017 roster. This signing brings that desire to fruition and Clemens re-joins starter Philip Rivers and back up Cardale Jones. Clemens will enter his fourth season with the Chargers. Over his first three seasons, he completed 6-of-10 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.
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The Bolts also added a new linebacker into the fold on Monday. The team claimed Hayes Pullard off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6ft, 235-pound linebacker will be reunited with Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Pullard had 33 tackles in 24 games during his tenure in Jacksonville. He is also no stranger to Los Angeles. The former seventh-round draft choice is a native of L.A. and played his college ball at USC.
To make room, the Chargers waived linebacker. Nick Dzubnar, who had joined the Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2015. That season, he lead the team in special teams tackles.
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Rounding out the weekend, the Chargers added a pair of players though waivers on Sunday, They claimed OL Michael Schofield (No, Prison Break fans, not that one) from the Denver Broncos and DB Jeff Richards from the Carolina Panthers.
Schofield spent the past three seasons with the Broncos. He is a versatility as a lineman allows him to play either guard or tackle. He started at guard in Super Bowl 50, and helped lead Denver to a 24-10 victory over Carolina. The 6’6″ 301-pounder has started all 29 games he’s appeared in since 2015.
Richards joins the Bolts after being placed on waivers by Carolina. The 6’2″ 210-pound defensive back had spent the past two seasons with the Ottawa Redbanks of the CFL. Richards began his collegiate career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before transferring to Emporia State for his final two seasons. The 26-year old totaled seven tackles in three preseason games for the Panthers.
To make room, the team waived CB Craig Mager and WR Geremy Davis. It was a bit surprising to see that Mager had made it past Saturday’s roster cuts. However, the very next day he did become a roster casualty. Mager was selected in the third round in the 2015 NFL Draft. He appeared in 21 games, recording 29 tackles, six passes defended and one interception. Meanwhile, Davis is a former sixth-round pick of the New York Giants, who joined the Bolts midway through the 2016 season. In his two NFL season, he played in 13 games, catching two passes for 21 yards.
The Chargers open the regular season on the road on Monday, September 11 against division rivals, the Denver Broncos.
– Mike D’Abate is the Managing Editor for cover32.com/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers.