Following their 12-9 victory over Arizona at home Thursday evening in the preseason finale in front of nearly 52,000 fans, the San Diego Chargers turned their attention to making the remaining cuts mandated by the league before the end of the weekend.
In a game that featured mostly reserves on both squads, Chargers' third string QB Brad Sorensen got one more chance to show management and the coaches as to whether or not he should force the Bolts to carry three quarterbacks (Philip Rivers, Kellen Clemens). To the surprise of probably few that follow the Chargers, Sorensen (2nd year out of Southern Utah) was among four cuts on Friday.
Playing in relief of Clemens (14-of-25, 158 yards passing) who started the field goal fest (Nick Novak was 4-of-4 kicking for San Diego), Sorensen went 3-of-7 for 28 yards passing and was sacked once. If he was looking to help his cause in the second half of play, he certainly did not do that.
For Charger fans maybe thinking two quarterbacks is not enough, keep in mind that the team in recent years has done just that, carrying Rivers and Billy Volek (out of the league) and Rivers and Charlie Whitehurst (Titans). That said, don't be totally shocked if Sorensen finds his way on to the practice squad when all is said and done.
Cornerback Butler among the other cuts
Among the other cuts made to work their way down to the mandatory 53-player roster before 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bolts also let loose cornerback Crezdon Butler, wide receiver Tevin Reese and offensive tackle Willie Smith.
Before the weekend is over, the Bolts will likely have to decide on the fate of running backs Branden Oliver and Marion Grice.
With Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and likely Donald Brown penciled in as the first three backs, will the Chargers go with five running backs or cut either Oliver or Grice?
Both showed themselves well Thursday night, Grice finishing with 79 yards on 17 carries, while Oliver ran for 71 yards on 16 carries.
If I were a betting man, guessing the Bolts go with four running backs, with the possibility of keeping whichever player is cut on the practice squad as insurance should Mathews or someone else at that position get hurt.
The Chargers open the regular season Monday, Sept. 8 in Glendale against the Cardinals, then return home to host the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Sept. 14.