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Should the Chargers remain patient with Dylan Cantrell?

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Dylan Cantrell #14 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders cannot stay inbounds to complete the catch during the game against the Texas Longhorns on November 5, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas defeated Texas Tech 45-37. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Dylan Cantrell #14 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders cannot stay inbounds to complete the catch during the game against the Texas Longhorns on November 5, 2016 at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas defeated Texas Tech 45-37. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Chargers’ 2018 sixth-round selection, Dylan Cantrell, was waived/injured by the Chargers on Sunday morning.

Cantrell was a fan favorite to attain the fourth wide receiver spot, or even the No.3 position this year, so should the Chargers remain patient with him?

Cantrell was a standout during both the 2018 and 2019 Chargers’ training camps, with many fans and players raving that he was making plays all over the field. A sixth-round pick out of Texas Tech, Cantrell was highly touted as a physical wide receiver who could make any contested catch, and the college film backs it up.

The plus is, Cantrell seems to have made a positive impression during both training camps he has been a part of. The negative is that he never made it out of training camp. With Cantrell now injured for the second year in a row, it may be time for the Chargers to move on even if the young wide receiver shows promise.

With other guys on the roster such as Artavis Scott, Jason Moore, Geremy Davis, and Andre Patton, it’s tough to even say that Cantrell should have a spot on the practice squad should he return. All of the above mentioned wide receivers have made good impressions during training camp this year, and if you include the three starters in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin, there are already seven spots taken.

Keenan Allen and Casey Hayward both having great camps so far… WRs looking good, going to be another battle for the WR4 spot. Both Artavis Scott and undrafted rookie Jason Moore have made some great plays the last few days. pic.twitter.com/DfxOvjuHMu

— Will Struthers (@willstruthers10) July 27, 2019

Artavis Scott and Hunter Henry making a lot of good plays in the 7v7. Scott runs his routes really well and gets up field quick, and its just great to see Henry looking 100%

— Will Struthers (@willstruthers10) July 27, 2019

With all the praise our own Will Struthers has heaped onto the Chargers’ wide receivers so far in camp, it’s tough to justify hanging onto Cantrell any longer, even if he does return from injury quickly. With Justice Liggins also having a standout camp and developing a chemistry with Tyrod Taylor, this wide receiver room seems to be good to go.

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Injuries are part of the game, and Cantrell has fallen victim to the tough part. Even with the talent he has, injuries make way for another player to step up and take the job. Fortunately, it looks like the Chargers are in good shape, and the wide receivers are looking like the position group to watch going into the 2019 preseason.

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