With Keenan Allen battling injury and oft-injured Malcom Floyd at age 33, the San Diego Chargers hosted free agent wide receiver Austin Pettis for a workout. It is yet to be determined whether or not we will sign him, but odds are the Bolts are waiting to see if they can win into the playoffs versus Kansas City this Sunday.
At age 26 he still has a lot left in the tank. After serving as a rotational receiver with St Louis since being drafted in the third round in 2011, Pettis accumulated 1,034 yards and 9 touchdowns.
He is 6’3″ and 205 lbs with mid-level speed clocked at 4.56 as an official 40 yard dash time.
He could be worth the gamble. The question is, if signed does he fall in as the number 4 receiver or number 5? He will battle Inman for reps if signed. In my eyes a guy who couldn’t crack the roster on a sub-par receiving corps like St Louis might not be able to keep up with the Chargers. But on the flip-side, we saw what ex-Ram free agent Danario Alexander did after signing.
We could be looking into him for playoff help. We could also be looking to him as a camp body for 2015.
Should the Bolts take a chance on him?
Dec 22, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis (18) reaches for a first down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams defeated the Buccaneers 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Austin Pettis (18) recovers after catching for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at The Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports