Fred Trevillion likely figured his football playing days needed a miracle if they were going to continue. Part one of that trek started earlier this week when an injury opened the door for him.
The Los Angeles Chargers love to target Clemson for wide receivers. It’s hard to blame them when the school has won two of the last three national championships. With Mike Williams and Artavis Scott already on the roster, the team decided to sign Trevion Thompson as an undrafted free agent.
But an injury to Thompson led to him being waived and the Chargers then reverted back to another familiar face, or in this case a familiar place, in San Diego.
Trevillion has been signed to take the roster spot left open by Thompson’s departure. Trevillion placed his college ball at San Diego State University.
Born in Brookhaven, Mississippi, Trevillion was a solid high school athlete but chose San Diego State over schools in Louisiana and Mississippi. Born in October 1994, at 24 years old, the well-traveled wide receiver will be the oldest rookie on the Chargers’ roster.
He began his career at SDSU as a safety but felt that he should be a wide receiver and went to Southwest Mississippi Community College to prove it. After two seasons there, he returned to SDSU as a wide receiver.
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He caught 34 passes for 925 yards in his final two college seasons with seven of those receptions going for touchdowns. His most impressive stat by far is his 27.2 yards per reception average. Though it’s a small sample size (34 catches), you won’t find a number that high.
Trevillion is a speedy deep threat but at 6-foot-2, he also has some size to be able to jump above defenders to make plays. This makes him an interesting prospect this summer.
Chance to make final roster (1-10 scale): 1
Trevillion doesn’t have much of a shot of making the final roster as a late signing, but he does have a chance to turn some heads.
The team has 10 wide receivers on the roster and at this moment, he’s No. 10 on the depth chart. The team will likely keep no more than five wide receivers, so Trevillion is playing for a spot on the practice squad or to catch the eye of another team who sees him as a future prospect.
That being said, it would not be a surprise to see him make some exciting plays in training camp and preseason games. Since the NFL doesn’t do the early roster cutdown to 75 players anymore, he will have a chance to hang around until the end of August and showcase his skills.