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Los Angeles Chargers: Potential trades that could help fix issue at wide receiver

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 23: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos has a second quarter catch as cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers defends during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 23: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos has a second quarter catch as cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers defends during a game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 23, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 29: Javon Wims #83 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 29, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – SEPTEMBER 29: Javon Wims #83 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on September 29, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Chargers are a hurting unit, in more ways than one.

The team has injuries all over the roster and many second and third-string players had to contribute to the recent victory over the Miami Dolphins. Now, many of those players could be expected to contribute even more as the season goes on.

Earlier in the week, the team called up Stephen Anderson from the practice squad to shore up the tight end position while also signing kicker Chase McLaughlin while Michael Badgley continues to nurse a groin injury, in a series of transactions.

Now, news has come out that Dontrelle Inman, who has only been back with the team for a few weeks, was placed on injured reserve. Inman was banged up in the game against Miami, but he was also placed on IR in order to help make room for McLaughlin.

That’s a tough decision and when you only have 53 spots on the roster, it’s even more difficult.

That leaves the Chargers with Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Andre Patton and the oft-injured Mike Williams.

Allen and Williams (when healthy) make for a solid combination, but Benjamin has been prone to drops and inconsistent play and Patton has just two career catches. It’s fair to say that the team could be in the market for a spark at wide receiver and general manager Tom Telesco should be evaluating the idea of making a trade.

You won’t see the Chargers acquiring Julio Jones or DeAndre Hopkins in any of these scenarios, but each of these scenarios are not only realistic but would also help the team going forward during the 2019 season.

The trade deadline is set for 1:00 pm PT on October 29. 

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