Chargers Free Agency

Los Angeles Chargers: Former first-round receivers to target in free agency

(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Keenan Allen
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Keenan Allen
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(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

2. Phillip Dorsett

Just like Tavon Austin, Phillip Dorsett entered the league with high expectations. The expectations around Dorsett may not have been as high considering that Austin was an early first-round pick, but Dorsett was expected to be a true number one guy in the NFL with a Pro Bowl ceiling.

Dorsett has not come close to scratching the surface of his ceiling despite showing some great flashes with the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots.

Dorsett has never really been in a situation that would help him excel. Andrew Luck played less than half a season in his rookie year, which hurt his production, and a full season in his second year, which was his best year as a pro.

Luck got hurt and Dorsett was traded to the New England Patriots for Jacoby Brissett, and on the Patriots, he never really got a chance to shine. This last season was the most time he has seen on the field with the Patriots and still only was in the offense for 49 percent of the snaps.

Dorsett’s best season saw him play in 73 percent of the offensive snaps, which is a career-high. And in that season he caught 33 passes for 528 yards and two touchdowns.

Dorsett is not just lightning quick but he is agile as well, making him an excellent fit for the slot receiver position, something he did not line up in much with the Patriots because of Julian Edelman.

Dorsett could simply be the case of a player never finding the proper fit in his career and underperforming as a result. On the Chargers, as the third option in an offense that is stacked for the passing game, he could reinvent his career at his natural slot position.

And even if 2017 Dorsett is his ceiling he would be a great signing for the Chargers. The team does not need much more than 600 yards and three touchdowns from their WR3, especially with the rest of the weapons in the offense.

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