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Los Angeles Chargers players with most to prove before season starts

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 02: Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a 46 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 02: Travis Benjamin #12 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after a 46 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Travis Benjamin

Most feel that the Chargers have two good options at wide receiver — Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Beyond that, there are many question marks.

One of those question marks is Benjamin. We all know he’s fast, but what else can he do? He will be entering his fourth season with the team and hopefully, he can turn around the trend that has seen his statistics take a dip in each year with the team. Have a look:

2016: 47 receptions, 677 yards, four touchdowns

2017: 34 receptions, 567 yards, four touchdowns

2018: 12 receptions, 186 yards, one touchdown

That is a noticeable dip in production and one that Benjamin will need to reverse. He caught just 12 passes last year and that was with Hunter Henry missing the entire season. Within the Chargers’ offensive pecking order, he will likely be no better than sixth on the list in terms of guys getting the ball.

Still, he will need to be ready when his number is called and that means more than just being a speedy deep threat. The Chargers need a solid No. 3 wide receiver and that will be one of the more interesting training camp battles to watch this summer.

Because of Benjamin’s lack of production, guys like Dylan Cantrell, Geremy Davis and Artavis Scott have a chance to take his job. He must prove he still deserves it.

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