SAN DIEGO (CHARGERS) -- Regarded as the toughest week of the year, 1,184 players will see their dream of playing in the NFL vanish in a few short days as rosters must be pared down from 90 to 53 by Saturday. Not only is it dreaded by the players themselves, but coaches and personnel departments refer to it as "the worst part of the business" as they have to make tough decisions that alter the course of player's lives.
With the first wave due Tuesday to get down to 75, the San Diego Chargers made their initial cuts on Monday, parting ways with the following 11 players:
T Nick Becton (graduate of New Hanover High School... Spent most of 2013 on San Diego practice squad )
FB Zach Boren
TE Jake Byrne
WR Brelan Chancellor
LB Adrian Hamilton
WR Micah Hatfield
G Darryl Johnson
TE Ryan Otten
DB Lowell Rose
P Chase Tenpenny
RB Kerwynn Williams
The Bolts still need to waive four more players by mid-day Tuesday. There will then be 22 more cuts coming by Saturday, so Thursday night's preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals will take on new intensity as players fight for their professional lives.
"We're trying to find the best 53 players so we've got to evaluate everybody, and we're going to have tough decisions to make," said Head Coach Mike McCoy. "They're going to play a lot in a short amount of time come Thursday night. They've got to take care of their bodies in a couple days and get back out there and some guys are working extremely hard fighting for a position on this football team."