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LA Chargers: Projecting the 2020 offensive depth chart

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. The Vikings defeated the Chargers 39-10. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 15: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. The Vikings defeated the Chargers 39-10. (Photo by Rob Leiter via Getty Images)
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Denzel Mims #5 of the Baylor Bears reacts after a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Denzel Mims #5 of the Baylor Bears reacts after a touchdown against the Georgia Bulldogs during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2020, in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Wide Receivers: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Denzel Mims, Taylor Gabriel, Andre Patton

Still in top form, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are very clearly the two biggest weapons at wide receiver. However, 2019 showed that they need some more support around them to get it done. The receiving corps past those two lacked with talent that was injured and declining.

For starters, the team drafts Denzel Mims out of Baylor in the second or third round of the draft. He’s not in the same tier as many of the first-round receiver talents, but he’s got plenty of speed and athleticism. His body control and ability to finish catches at Baylor with a revolving door at quarterback is so underrated.

Another target for the Chargers should be Taylor Gabriel. The former Bear was recently released by the team. Gabriel still has great speed to contrast and add to what Williams and Allen already bring.

He’s still under 30 and was in a poor offensive situation in Chicago this year. Going to a team with talented receivers could be a real change of scenery for him. A quarterback that’s guaranteed to not be Mitchell Trubisky doesn’t hurt either.

As for the fifth receiver to add to the group, Andre Patton feels like a good fit to keep developing. He played with the team quite a bit in 2019 due to injuries and a full offseason with the team could really be to his benefit in terms of development.

The physical intangibles, quickness, and length that he showed in the preseason last year are all still very promising.

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