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Chargers depth could provide draft pick trade options

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Geremy Davis #11 of the Los Angeles Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers #17 walk out onto the field for the game against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Wide receiver Geremy Davis #11 of the Los Angeles Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers #17 walk out onto the field for the game against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 11: Wide receiver Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the football after a receptoin 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 Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the football after a receptoin 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)

Chargers wide receivers

The Chargers have three locks to make the roster in Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin. Though Benjamin was a candidate to be cut prior to free agency, his extension through the 2020 season (which is really just a chance to move money and cut him after this year) all but guarantees one more year with the speedster.

However, behind them is a bit more unclear. The list of players vying for the fourth wide receiver spot are as follows:

  • Geremy Davis
  • Artavis Scott
  • Andre Patton
  • Justice Liggins
  • Jason Moore

With an injury to Dylan Cantrell forcing him to injured reserve, only Scott and Davis remain from the second-team depth chart featured on ESPN. So why would the Chargers trade a receiver at all?

In 2018, Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams, and Benjamin dominated snaps on offense. Their relatively consistent health held off Davis, the next receiver, to just 74 offensive snaps. Though Tyrell Williams has departed in free agency, it is likely the snaps are spread to Mike Williams, Benjamin, and the now-healthy Hunter Henry, which may not leave much left for a pair of receivers like Scott and Davis to work with.

Both Moore and Patton have been quiet standouts in training camp thus far, possibly giving the Chargers even more solid depth than they could have expected. And with Scott potentially having the best training camp of any receiver on the team, it could leave Davis as the odd one out in Los Angeles.

The Chargers have traded away a piece of their wide receiver rotation before, sending reliable reserve player Dontrelle Inman to the Chicago Bears for a seventh-round pick. Inman, though, had more regular season action than Davis has now, so it may be harder to find interest. However, with the New York Giants losing three receivers to open the season, or the Cincinnati Bengals losing A.J. Green to an ankle injury, there may just be a phone call opportunity for Telesco.

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