The San Diego Chargers just signed veteran WR James Jones to replace Stevie Johnson’s hole he left on the roster.
This is going to be good for Tyrell Williams. He needs to win this starting role against a solid veteran. The fans will be rooting for him to take the role, but he needs the competition. He needs to win it. Will he be able to do it?
With Stevie Johnson out, the Chargers will likely move Keenan Allen in more of the role in the slot. He is the better slot player on the roster and Williams and Jones would work better on the outside. Jones has all the experience behind him and will have the upper hand on that end.
Williams has all the potential and knows the playbook. He has the speed to take the top off the defense, but will he be the option that Philip Rivers will like to throw to.
To be honest, Jones fits the type of receiver that Philip Rivers loves. Jones will win the jump balls down the field. He fits a mold that Malcom Floyd left with his retirement. Philip will love throwing the ball in his direction if he wins those jump balls.
By the start of the season, I would expect James Jones to be ahead on the depth chart. We will see which receiver becomes expendable by the start of the season now. Stevie Johnson will likely start the season out on the PUP list, but when he does come back, someone will have to lose his job. I would guess that it would be Dontrelle Inman that loses his spot.
Who wins the starting role? James Jones? Tyrell Williams?