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Dontrelle Inman has been placed on IR: Now What?

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Dontrelle Inman #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 29: Dontrelle Inman #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers warms up prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Rapper Snoop Dogg talks with wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Rapper Snoop Dogg talks with wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers before the game against the Houston Texans at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Chargers: Veteran options

First, let’s talk about what kind of player the Chargers would be looking to sign. If we look at the type of role that Inman, and Tyrell Williams before him had, it was more a complimentary role to Allen and Mike Williams. This role is usually reserved for someone that is generally tall but also fast, and someone that is proficient at running the deep routes that open up the field for Allen underneath and take attention away from Williams on the opposite side. This means a guy like Dez Bryant, for example, is likely not the player the Chargers are looking for. Pierre Garçon, Jordan Matthews and Michael Crabtree each have had long careers and are solid veterans that could be good options for the team. All three of these players would be good fits for what the Chargers would want out of a potential signing, but frankly, they just need healthy bodies.

It has been a while since Garçon was at his peak when he was a member of the Washington Redskins, which included his 113 catch season back in 2013. The veteran showed flashes of that ability while with the 49ers the past two years, but the usage was obviously not the same. He also had his own injury history, only playing 16 of the possible of 32 games. That being said, his yards per reception and catch rate were still on par as those over the course of his career. He would be more in line with what Inman was able to do as a precise route runner than the type of speed the team had when Williams was still a Charger.

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