The Los Angeles Chargers got much stronger at the wide receiver position earlier this week by turning to a familiar face.
Undrafted out of Virginia in 2011, Inman found a home with the Chargers after a short stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars and two seasons in the Canadian Football League. He played in 41 games for the Chargers and put up solid numbers in 2016, catching 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns.
He was traded to the Chicago Bears the following season.
After washing out there, he resurfaced with the Indianapolis Colts last season, catching 28 passes and finding the end zone three times. When things didn’t work out with the Pats, the Chargers swooped in and snagged him.
However, the reason the team was so eager to do that boils down to a group of second-tier receivers that just haven’t gotten the job done and/or haven’t earned the confidence of the coaching staff. Now that Inman is back, at least one of those players, possibly even two, will be looking for work elsewhere.
Geremy Davis plays special teams and has hung around the organization for years. He knows the offense and plays some special teams.
Artavis Scott is the guy the team and its fans have been waiting on for quite some time now, but time is starting to run out. He did lead the team in receiving in the second game of the preseason, catching four passes for 64 yards against the New Orleans Saints, but will he leap Davis in the pecking order?
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Andre Patton might have the most upside of any of the three guys on this list and he played a good game against the Saints as well, catching four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. He’s a bigger target than either Davis or Scott and with another solid game, it might be tough to cut him loose.
However, the signing of Inman gives the team four receivers that will be on the roster. If they only keep five, two of these guys are going away and if they keep six, one of them will still hear the words that they didn’t make the team.
Every snap will be crucial for these three players on Saturday night against the Seattle Seahawks and in the preseason finale against the San Francisco 49ers. Who is going to step up and make it impossible for those in charge to cut bait?