Isaiah Burse

Chargers Reach 53-Man Limit

The Chargers announced 37 player moves on Saturday, bringing them down to the 53-man limit. Here’s the full breakdown.

Released:

Waived:

Waived/Injured:

Reserve/Suspended:

Reserve/Injured:

Barner seemed to have a decent chance of cracking the roster as a pass-catching back, particularly after the loss of Danny Woodhead. On 27 carries last season, Barner averaged a career-best 4.8 yards per attempt.

Clemens, 33, was slated to return for a fourth season as Philip Rivers‘ backup. Instead, that job will go to Cardale Jones, who was acquired in a trade with Buffalo earlier this offseason.

RFA/ERFA Tender Decisions: 3/10/17

Rounding up some of this week’s tender decisions:

RFAs:

Tendered:

Non-Tendered: 

ERFAs:

Tendered:

Dexter McCluster Breaks Arm During In-Home Accident

The Chargers’ injury woes are now no longer confined to playing surfaces, with in-season signing Dexter McCluster suffering one at his home.

One of the Bolts’ backup running backs, McCluster broke his forearm while moving luggage at his house, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He will miss the rest of the season as a result.

McCluster suffered the injury Friday night, and an X-ray this morning revealed a broken arm. The Chargers placed the scatback on the non-football injury list and promoted wideout Isaiah Burse from the practice squad.

San Diego signed McCluster because of Danny Woodhead‘s torn ACL injury and deployed him for the team’s subsequent game. After losing Woodhead, Branden Oliver and now McCluster, the Bolts are now down to Melvin Gordon and Kenneth Farrow as their only healthy ball-carriers. They do have Andre Williams on their practice squad but have yet to activate the former Giants occasional starter.

The Chargers have endured a rough run of injuries the past two seasons and are without several key pieces of their offense this season, with Keenan Allen and Woodhead being the biggest losses.

A former Chiefs second-round pick in 2010, McCluster has played in all six of the Bolts’ games since signing in late September. He caught seven passes for 36 yards in his seventh season. It looks to be the first slate where the diminutive back won’t haul in at least 20 receptions. The 28-year-old back twice recorded 50-plus-catch seasons with the Chiefs in 2012-13 en route to signing with the Titans, who cut him prior to the start of this season.

However, the Chargers have used their in-season signing on both kick and punt returns, where he replaced Travis Benjamin, so this wounds the embattled team more on special teams than it might offensively. Farrow, though, has no receptions this season, leaving Gordon as the only reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield.

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Chargers Claim WR Jeremy Butler

The Chargers announced today that they’ve claimed wide receiver Jeremy Butler off waivers from the Jets. In order to create a roster spot, San Diego has waived fellow pass-catcher Isaiah Burse.Jeremy Butler (vertical)

[RELATED: San Diego Chargers Depth Chart]

Reports last week indicated that the Chargers were open to adding a wide receiver to their roster, and while the club still may be willing to engage in trade talks, they’ve brought Butler aboard without sacrificing assets. Of course, Butler clearly isn’t a superb offensive weapon and will likely spend most of his time on special teams, but he gives San Diego some depth while it awaits the results of tests on Travis Benjamin‘s PCL injury (Twitter link via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com).

Butler, 25, joined the Jets this offseason following two seasons with the Ravens. The former undrafted free agent has yet to see the field in 2016, but he was relatively productive in Baltimore last season. Butler appeared in eight games in 2015, collecting 31 catches for 363 yards.

Burse, who was just promoted from the practice squad over the weekend, has 13 games of NFL experience under his belt — he played in one contest with the Chargers last season, and spent 12 games on Denver’s roster the year prior. He’s never caught an NFL pass, and has mostly contributed as a special teams player. Burse was the Broncos’ primary punt returner in 2014, averaging 7.3 yards per return on 29 chances.

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Chargers Promote WR Isaiah Burse

The Chargers announced today that they’ve promoted wide receiver Isaiah Burse from the practice squad in advance of Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Cornerback Pierre Desir has been waived in a corresponding move.Isaiah Burse

[RELATED: San Diego Chargers Depth Chart]

Before the addition of Burse, San Diego had only four wide receivers on its depth chart, with Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, and Griff Whalen making up the club’s pass-catching unit. Two of those receivers are listed as questionable for Sunday’s contest, as both Williams and Benjamin are battling knee injuries. However, both players appear “on track” to play in Week 8, according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com.

Burse, 24, has 13 games of NFL experience under his belt — he played in one contest with the Chargers last season, and spent 12 games on Denver’s roster the year prior. He’s never caught an NFL pass, and has mostly contributed as a special teams player. Burse was the Broncos’ primary punt returner in 2014, averaging 7.3 yards per return on 29 chances.

Desir, 26, was waived by the Chargers last Saturday before being brought back into the fold the following Monday. He’s appeared in five games for San Diego this season, but has played on only 22 defensive snaps — he’s managed another 37 on special teams. With Desir out of the picture, the Chargers will head into their divisional matchup with Brandon Flowers, Casey Hayward, Craig Mager, Steve Williams, and Trevor Williams in the defensive backfield.

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Practice Squad Updates: 9/22/16

We’ll keep track of today’s practice squad moves here:

Cleveland Browns

  • Cut: P Michael Palardy

Dallas Cowboys

  • Signed: C Shane McDermott
  • Cut: C Jake Brendel (Twitter link via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News)

Denver Broncos

  • Signed: DL Kyle Peko
  • Cut: S Ryan Murphy (Twitter link via Mike Klis of 9NEWS)

San Diego Chargers

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/20/16

Tuesday’s minor moves from around the NFL:

  • The Chargers waived wide receiver Isaiah Burse, as Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego tweets.
  • The Buccaneers waived linebacker Josh Keyes, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Keyes played extensively on special teams in the first two games of the season.
  • The Colts released safety Winston Guy, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (via Twitter).
  • The Broncos waived defensive lineman Kyle Peko, as Mike Klis of 9News tweets.
  • The Giants terminated the contract of offensive tackle Byron Stingily, reports Ralph Vacchiano of SNY (Twitter link). The lineman was on IR with a concussion.
  • The Bears waived fullback Paul Lasike, as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweets. Lasike saw 14 snaps in Week 1 and just five snaps on Monday night.

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 1/4/16

Now that the 2015 regular season is in the books, teams can begin signing players to reserve/futures contracts, adding those players to their 90-man offseason rosters. Generally, these players finished the season on a team’s practice squad, though some were free agents at season’s end.

Here are today’s reserve/futures deals:

Atlanta Falcons signed four players (Twitter link via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com)

Baltimore Ravens signed seven players (Twitter link via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun):

  • Brennen Beyer, LB
  • Leon Brown, G
  • Nordly Capi, DE
  • Blaine Clausell, T
  • Chuck Jacobs, WR
  • Nick Perry, S
  • Harold Spears, TE

Buffalo Bills signed seven players (Twitter link via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com)

Chicago Bears signed nine players (Twitter link via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune):

Cleveland Browns signed six players (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle)

Dallas Cowboys signed eight players (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle)

Denver Broncos signed four players (Twitter link via Mike Klis of 9NEWS)

Detroit Lions signed five players (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle)

Jacksonville Jaguars signed nine players (Twitter link via Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union):

Miami Dolphins signed one player (link)

  • Tyler Davis, WR

New Orleans Saints signed five players (link via Evan Woodbery of the Times-Picayune):

New York Giants signed six players (Twitter link via Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle)

Philadelphia Eagles signed seven players (Twitter link via team):

San Diego Chargers signed six players (Twitter link via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego)

Seattle Seahawks signed three players (Twitter link via Wilson)

  • Andrew East, LS
  • Ronnie Shields, TE
  • Phillip Sims, QB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed nine players (link via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times):

  • Josh Allen, G
  • Andre Davis, WR
  • Antoine Everett, G
  • Ben Gottschalk, C
  • Gerod Holliman, S
  • Martin Ifedi, DE
  • Derrick Lott, DT
  • C.J. Roberts, CB
  • Joel Ross, CB

Tennessee Titans signed five players (Twitter link via Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com):

  • David Fluellen, RB
  • Kevin Greene, TE
  • Nick Harwell, WR
  • Josue Matias, G
  • Will Poehls, T

Washington signs three players (link via team):

Workout Notes: Bears, Broncos, Packers

Here’s a roundup of today’s auditions from around the NFL. All links go to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle on Twitter), unless noted otherwise..

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 9/24/15

Here are Thursday’s latest practice squad signings and cuts from around the NFL:

Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

New Orleans Saints

Oakland Raiders

  • Signed: S Tevin McDonald (via Vic Tafur on Twitter)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Zach Links contributed to this post.