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Los Angeles Chargers: Three things to look for in Preseason Week 2 game vs. Seahawks

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Wide receiver Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Defensive back A.J. Howard #42 of the Arizona Cardinals return a fumble against tight end Sean Culkin #80 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Defensive back A.J. Howard #42 of the Arizona Cardinals return a fumble against tight end Sean Culkin #80 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the preseason NFL game at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Will the tight ends produce anything?

Against Arizona, the Chargers targeted the tight ends in the passing game eight times. Only two of those passes were caught, both by Sean Culkin.

Now we can say that it’s only preseason over and over again, but if we’re honest, tight end is the weakest position on the team and it’s not even close. Judging by last week, there’s a long way to go in order to get one of these guys to produce once the regular season starts.

The team signed a new tight end this week, claiming Je’Ron Hamm off waivers from the team they’ll face Saturday, he Seahawks.

Don’t expect Hamm to do much in this game but betwee Braedon Bowman, Culkin, Ben Johnson or Cole Hunt, one of those guys has got to step up.

Many fans may point to the team’s deep receiving corps, which includes a healthy Mike Williams. There’s some merit to that, But at some point, the team is going to have to have a tight end who can at the very least keep defenses honest.

If no one emerges from this group on Saturday night and at least makes some catches to move the chains, it’s time for Tom Telesco to either bring back Antonio Gates the very next day or start contacting other general managers around the league to gauge interest in a potential trade.

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