The Los Angeles Chargers released 26 players Saturday to reduce their roster to the 53-player regular-season limit by the 1 p.m. deadline, including two offensive linemen who played for them in 2019, offensive tackle Trenton Scott and guard Ryan Groy.
Scott started seven games at left tackle, two at right tackle and was a reserve in the other seven.
The 6-foot, 5-inch, 320-pound Scott was signed by the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Grambling in 2018, began the season on the practice squad, then played in nine regular-season games, with one start, and both playoff games in the 2018 seasons.
The 6-foot, 5-inch, 320-pound Groy played in nine games as a reserve in 2019. He signed with the Chargers Oct. 9 after being cut by the New Orleans Saints.
The Chargers also cut receiver Darius Jennings, who they signed as unrestricted free agent March 30 after playing the previous three seasons with the Tennessee Titans, including leading the league in kickoff return average in 2018, 31.7 yards.
The Chargers cut five players who were on their practice squad in 2019 — receiver Tyron Johnson; running back Derrick Gore; defensive back Quenton Meeks; linebacker Malik Jefferson; and offensive lineman Cole Toner.
The Chargers cut 18 undrafted rookies — receivers Jeff Cotton and Dalton Schoen; running back Darius Bradwell, fullbacks Bobby Holly and Gabe Nabers; cornerbacks John Brannon, Kevin McGill and Donte Vaughn; linebackers Asmar Bilal, Cole Christiansen and Romeo Finley; defensive ends Joe Gaziano and Jesse Lemonier; nose tackle Breiden Fehoko; defensive tackle T.J. Smith; offensive tackle Ryan Roberts; and guards Joshua Dunlop and Nate Gilliam.
The Chargers placed safety Derwin James Jr. on reserve/injured. The 2018 Pro Bowl selection tore the meniscus in his right knee during Sunday’s practice and underwent surgery Tuesday. He will miss the entire season.
Some players cut Saturday could be signed to the 16-player practice squad. Teams may begin signing players to practice squad contracts shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday after it is determined they cleared waivers.
The practice squad can include up to six players with more than two seasons of NFL experience while at least 10 must have two seasons or less experience.
NFL teams often make adjustments to the roster between the regular-season cutdown deadline and the season opener, including re-signing players who had been cut and cutting others to accommodate adding players cut by other teams.
Neither coach Anthony Lynn nor any of the team’s executives were made available to reporters on Saturday.
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