Chargers receivers: Andre Patton
Patton seems to be the preseason darling this year for Chargers’ fans. A 6’2″, 200-pound UDFA out of Rutgers, Patton joined the Chargers in the 2018 preseason. Patton spent would go on to spend that season on the Chargers’ practice squad, and has no NFL experience in the regular season.
Patton seems to be a touchdown machine, often getting open and finding soft spots in the zone when the quarterback is under duress. The video shown below is Easton Stick under pressure, scrambling to the right side of the field. Patton does a good job of getting around and fighting through traffic to get to the sideline, and makes a very difficult adjustment to a beautifully thrown ball by Stick to make a tough grab. A back shoulder connection like that should not exist between a rookie quarterback and a second year wide receiver, but here they are.
The hype exists when it comes to Patton, and while many believe he will not make the initial 53-man roster, it really depends on this fourth game. Through the 2018 and 2019 preseason games he’s played, Patton has three touchdowns. That should be enough to grab the attention of other teams, and the Chargers may find it difficult to let him go. There are a lot of wide receivers on the roster deserving of a spot on the 53, but none deserve it more than Patton as of now.