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.