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LA Chargers: Top five positions of need after free agency

Mike Williams #81 and Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Mike Williams #81 and Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

4. Wide Receiver

Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are the top two receivers on the roster. There’s no debate there. However, one of the lessons of the 2019 season should be that they need a good option behind them on the depth chart that can stay healthy.

Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman both tried to be the third receiver. They both got hurt fairly early in the season and didn’t play again. Inman is a free agent, and Benjamin signed with the 49ers. The Chargers made the right decision to move on from them. They’re both older and not quite as dynamic as they used to be.

Wide receivers are available in free agency. Names like Taylor Gabriel, Demaryius Thomas, and Paul Richardson remain available. Knowing how the Chargers operate though, this feels like a need they are more likely to address in the draft. In the top three or four rounds, there are some good targets to take. Michael Pittman Jr., KJ Hamler, and Devin Duvernay are potential targets in that range.

Internally, the Chargers may argue that Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler will take up targets and have significant numbers in terms of receiving. While that’s true, it simply feels like more depth is needed here.

What could really help the Chargers is having a bona fide slot receiver with speed. In a way, that’s what Benjamin was expected to be. It didn’t work out, but there are great slot receivers in this draft who are more than capable of filling the role.

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