Chargers release FB Bobby Holly after close competition

Undrafted rookie Bobby Holly brought ruggedness with his old-school running style, but it appears the Chargers prefer a modern fit for their fullback opening.

Holly was released Friday by the Chargers, a source informed the Southern California News Group.

That now likely means Gabe Nabers has won the fullback opening to replace Derek Watt, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the offseason.

Gabers set himself apart with his versatility as a former tight end at Florida State and was named the backup long snapper to Cole Mazza.

But Holly pushed Nabers until the final days of training camp. The undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech held the edge in strength and blocking, an area of high importance with the Chargers shifting to a run-heavy offense.

The Chargers have until 1 p.m. Saturday to trim their roster from 80 players to 53.

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