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Chargers: Five worst mistakes with initial 53-man roster

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 29: Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass over D.J. Reed #32 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 29: Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers catches a pass over D.J. Reed #32 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball while avoiding a tackle by Deionte Thompson #35 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – AUGUST 08: Artavis Scott #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball while avoiding a tackle by Deionte Thompson #35 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL preseason game at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Chargers decision No. 1: Cutting Artavis Scott

Personally, Scott would not have been the choice at wide receiver four (this was before they signed Dontrelle Inman to take that spot) before the preseason began. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin were going to make the team, leaving what was initially considered Geremy Davis, Scott, and Dylan Cantrell to fight for that next spot. When Cantrell went down, it opened up a huge opportunity for both Davis and Scott to make the roster together.

Scott had a great camp, but so did Davis and newcomer Andre Patton. It was going to be a tight race for the next relevant spot behind the first trio of starting receivers. Davis, in my opinion, was the easy choice to make the roster because he could play special teams in a role the other receivers did not fill. It’s clear the Chargers had zero desire to let Davis go, despite having one of the least productive preseasons of the wide receiver group.

Scott, on the other hand, wiped the floor with his competition for the job. 12 receptions and 188 yards were twice as many as the next receiver (Patton), and those 188 yards were more than Patton, Malachi Dupre, Jordan Smallwood, Davis, and Jason Moore had combined. The reward? Cut from the team.

https://twitter.com/ArtavisScott/status/1167898909626126338

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Now, it’s not like Scott would see the field often behind Allen, Williams, Benjamin, Inman, and potentially Davis (more special teams); but at some point, that production should be rewarded, right? Once more, this goes back to other players on the roster. Is Broughton worth holding on to over Scott? Is Dzubnar really necessary over the team’s best offensive player this preseason?

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