We’re still waiting for Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Artavis Scott to become a regular contributor on the team.
Okay, so maybe it’s just me who is waiting. I believe in the kid.
The Chargers re-signed Scott last week, paving the way for him to get another chance with the team next season. Undrafted out of Clemson, Scott put together a solid college career which included helping the Tigers win the National Championship.
He signed with the Chargers who also had Mike Williams, his college teammate. He had a dismal first preseason with the team and ended up being cut but the team apparently saw enough to a futures deal last January.
Scott was much better in his second summer with the team and basically won a spot on the 53-man roster before an injury sent him to injured reserve, where he spent the entire 2018 season.
However, the fact that the Chargers signed him again despite him never playing a single down in a regular season game, is encouraging. They could end up leaning on him this coming year too.
Tyrell Williams will be an unrestricted free agent and could fetch some rather large offers from other teams in what is a rather thin market at the position. Geremy Davis will also be a free agent.
Throw in the fact that Travis Benjamin is a prime candidate to be released and the only sure things the Chargers have at the wide receiver position are Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Second-year player Dylan Cantrell is also on the roster.
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This gives Scott a great opportunity to step up and carve out a role next season. He could be a good slot receiver and safety-valve target for Philip Rivers. He also has the ability to chip in as a return man.
Expect the Chargers to address the wide receiver position either in the draft or free agency this offseason, depending on what happens with Tyrell Williams and Benjamin, but there is already another possible option on the roster in Scott.
Several questions will follow. Can he stay healthy? Is he even an NFL-level wide receiver? He’s only begun to show his talent in the league as he’s been relegated to training camp practices and preseason games. But if we base his potential on what he did in college and the flashes he’s shown in those preseason games, then there is a chance he could emerge as a key offensive contributor next season.