Los Angeles Chargers: Could WR Artavis Scott work his way into a role in 2018?
By Travis Wakeman
The Los Angeles Chargers have some great options in the passing game, but it never hurts to have more, right?
Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen will be one of the NFL’s top connections for as long as the two are playing together, but like all good teams, multiple threats need to exist.
Aside from Allen, the Chargers possess one of the game’s top young tight ends in Hunter Henry. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin have had several great games for the team as well. Williams is set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Chargers would have the right to match any offer he receives.
Then you have Mike Williams, who left much to be desired during an injury=plagued rookie season, but the Chargers will hold out hope for a much better second year.
Those are solid options, but as mentioned, a team can never have too many, particularly when getting through a 16-game schedule with no injuries is pretty much unheard of for any team.
Artavis Scott was a college teammate of Williams at Clemson and was looked at as a player who should be selected in the draft last year, He wasn’t but the Chargers were able to grab him through the undrafted free-agent process. It looked like the Bolts managed to get one of the best undrafted rookies available.
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Instead, Scott was a disappointment in training camp and preseason games. He didn’t catch a pass but was given one rushing attempt, which he gained 13 yards on. He also had one kickoff return from 23 yards. However, he didn’t do enough to stand out and as a result, was cut before the season started. He wasn’t even offered one of the 10 spots on the team’s practice squad.
Following the 2017 season, the Chargers signed him to a futures contract, allowing him to have a second chance in Los Angeles. Will this time around be any different?
In three seasons at Clemson, Scott was quite effective as a receiver, particularly out of the slot position. He never had less than 76 receptions in a season and he scored 19 career touchdowns.
He’ll almost assuredly need to prove he can contribute on special teams to even have a shot to make the roster this coming season, but he could find his way onto the team as the No. 5 wide receiver if he can find a way to get involved on offense and prove he can contribute when his number is called.