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What to Expect as Roster Cuts Loom

Take a look at the entire Bolts roster leading into 2018 Preseason.

It's a weekend when dreams are made and lost.

When all is said and done, 1,184 players around the league will get the news they dread as teams must trim their rosters down from 90 to 53 by Saturday at 1:00pm PT. For every player that realizes his lifelong dream of playing in the NFL, it unfortunately must come at the expense of someone else's.

Thus, it's an emotional 24 hours that features the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

However, for the Chargers, the roster reduction has led to some of the best feel-good stories in the NFL in recent years.

Undrafted free agents face a difficult path to make the 53-man roster. However, the Bolts have the league's best history when it comes to unearthing hidden gems. In fact, at least one rookie free agent has made the 53-man roster for 21 straight seasons. Since General Manager Tom Telesco came aboard in 2013, difference makers such as Tyrell Williams, Austin Ekeler, Jahleel Addae and more have made the team as an undrafted free agent.

"It was a great feeling," Tyrell Williams said following his rookie year in 2015. "But just because you (are on the roster to start the year) doesn't mean you can relax. You still have to (earn your spot) throughout the year."

As Williams alluded, the 53-man roster is never set in stone. It's a fluid process, which means all is not over for those who are waived or released come Saturday. Those who want to remain on the active roster throughout the year must continue to produce and not rest on their laurels.

In addition, injuries are an unfortunate reality of the NFL, meaning hundreds of those who are without a team in 24 hours will land on a roster before the season is over.

It's also likely at least some will make their way back to the Bolts.

A year ago, eight players the team parted ways with when they cut the roster down from 90 to 53 ended up back on the Chargers' active roster at some point.

Then there's the practice squad, where 320 players will reside come Monday.

Teams can have up to 10 players on the practice squad, and can begin signing players to it on Sunday. The 10-man taxi squad has been a valuable tool for the Bolts over the years as the likes of Tyrell Williams, Trevor Williams, Isaac Rochell, Damion Square, Michael Davis and others spent portions of their career on it before being promoted to the active roster. Last year, 10 players who spent time on the Chargers' practice squad ended up eventually being promoted to the 53-man roster.

Players have fought tooth and nail to prove they deserve a spot on the 2018 Los Angeles Chargers, but now everything is out of their hands.

All that's left to do is wait to discover their fate.

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