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Lessons from Chargers preseason loss against Saints

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception at fans with Brandon Facyson #28 in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Jaylen Watkins #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception at fans with Brandon Facyson #28 in the first half against the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Andre Patton #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his catch for a touchdown to take a 7-3 lead over the New Orleans Saints in the first half during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Andre Patton #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his catch for a touchdown to take a 7-3 lead over the New Orleans Saints in the first half during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers offense: Continued

Receivers/Tight ends:

Last week, no receivers really shined in the game against the Cardinals. On Sunday’s game against the Saints, the receivers played a whole lot better. Geremy Davis seems to be in the lead for the fourth spot behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin, and it wouldn’t be surprising if that remained the case going into the regular season. Davis is a solid, big-bodied receiver who also adds value to the special teams unit. Scott performed well and recorded four receptions for 64 yards. The guy who really stood out was Andre Patton, who spent last season on the practice squad. Patton showed his great hands and playmaking ability, catching four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. If the Chargers decide to keep only five receivers on the depth chart this season (have held six both seasons under Anthony Lynn), then the battle for the fifth spot could come down to the wire, and don’t count out guys like Jason Moore, Malachi Dupre and Justice Liggins. It will be interesting to see how these guys continue to perform throughout the preseason.

No tight end stood out in particular, and the depth chart at tight end is already figured out. Hunter Henry made a key block on a run play, as well as a catch using his big frame over the middle. Sean Culkin made one reception in this game, a tough catch for 12 yards. Those two, as well as Virgil Green, are enough at tight end, though many fans eagerly await the return of Antonio Gates.

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