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Chargers: Grading the wide receiver group through four games

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs past cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs past cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Andre Patton #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his catch for a touchdown to take a 7-3 lead over the New Orleans Saints in the first half during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 18: Andre Patton #15 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his catch for a touchdown to take a 7-3 lead over the New Orleans Saints in the first half during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Chargers Receiver Grades: Andre Patton and Geremy Davis

Andre Patton

Patton will be the name to watch for the Chargers in the next few weeks. Annually on the practice squad for the team since 2017, Patton finally had his first regular-season receptions vs. Miami.

Of course, injuries created that situation with Benjamin and Williams being out.  The next man up situation will only intensify now that Inman has hit injured reserve and Patton will be forced into a bigger role, potentially as high as the No. 3 receiver.

So far, Patton’s done everything that could be expected of him. Had Artavis Scott not been injured, it may have been him that received the call up from the practice squad. Patton’s a decent enough deep threat and he looked very good in the preseason.

The regular season is a different game, but from what’s been shown in an admittedly limited sample size so far, Patton can fit into the receiving group nicely and figure it out as he gets more playing time.

Grade: C+

Geremy Davis

While Patton will receive some of the load in the absence of other receivers, a lot of it will come down to Geremy Davis, who currently is the second healthy receiver behind Allen. Davis has mostly been the fifth receiver on the Chargers roster the last few years, primarily treated as a reserve. But now the team and coaching staff will get an opportunity to see what they have in Davis, as well as the fan base.

So far, so good. He’s looked a bit better than Patton at running routes and made two good catches last Sunday. While he had a somewhat underwhelming preseason to a degree, he’s still the most experienced of the receivers toward the end of the roster and practice squad, including Scott and Patton.

Grade: B-

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