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.
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?