Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Chargers Release 11 Players

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DT Cameron Botticelli. Photo by Shana Siler,

San Diego released 11 players on Sunday, trimming its roster down to 79 players. The team will have to make four more transactions by the end of the day on Monday to get down to 75 players before the Sept. 1 deadline.

Here is a look at the players let go:

QB Chase Rettig -- He was never anything but an extra arm for training camp.

RB Jahwan Edwards -- The Chargers are set at running back with Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown. No rookie stands a chance of cracking the rotation. For more on Edwards, click here.

WR Titus Davis -- He was originally considered San Diego's best pickup in undrafted free agency, but he got caught in a numbers game at a deep position. Fellow rookie Tyrell Williams and first-year standout Javontee Herndon were the main causes for Davis' early release.

OT Forrestal Hickman -- His size and name made for an intriguing addition, but his game is far from NFL ready.

TE David Paulson -- Antonio Gates' suspension opened the door a crack, but Kyle Miller has been more productive and rookie Brian Parker has more upside.

TE Logan Stokes -- Unless Ladarius Green, John Phillips and David Johnson joined Gates on the suspended list, Stokes never stood a chance.

DT Cameron Botticelli -- The Chargers have too much depth on the defensive line after adding Mitch Unrein and Darius Philon to the mix. For a full scouting report on Botticelli, click here.

DT Luther Robinson -- Robinson joined the team late and leaves the team early ... he was never anything more than a camp body.

ILB Curtis Grant -- Fellow rookie Nick Dzubnar has led the team in tackles in each of the last two games and recorded a sack in both contests. That pushed Grant to the front of the firing line.

OLB Brock Hekking (injured) -- Hekking had an impressive offseason, but the Chargers already have an abundance of young pass rushers. If he clears waivers, the Chargers can stash him on injured-reserve and continue his development next offseason.

CB Manny Asprilla -- Even after releasing Asprilla, the Chargers still have 10 more cornerbacks on the roster. There are many tough cuts still to come in the secondary -- this was one of the easy ones.

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Michael Lombardo has covered the San Diego Chargers since 2003. He spent 12 years covering the team for and has also been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports, and MySpace Sports. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter @NFLinsider_Mike.

Brock Hekking, Cameron Botticelli, Chase Rettig, Curtis Grant, David Paulson, Forrestal Hickman, Jahwan Edwards, Logan Stokes, Luther Robinson, Manny Asprilla, Titus Davis
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