LA Chargers: Way-too-early 55-man roster prediction for 2020

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Another position group with no big surprises. Allen and Williams are cemented atop of the depth chart, but last season, the LA Chargers struggled to come up with a third contributor after losing Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin to season-ending injuries.

That incited the Chargers to draft Joe Reed in the fifth round and K.J. Hill in the seventh. Hill was projected to go much earlier but fell off because of his lackluster physical attributes displayed during an awful combine performance. That allowed the Chargers to get one of the better route runners and slot receivers in the draft all the way back in the seventh round.

Reed will get some looks at the slot too, and maybe some outside, but his role might be as a gadget player and special teams contributor early on. Patton is liked by the team because of his size and his blocking, and that may help him get a very coveted roster spot over guys like Jason Moore and Jalen Guyton.

Jennings is a recently signed free agent from the Tennessee Titans, who is an electric return specialist. I think it’s fairly certain he makes the roster unless he gets severely outplayed in the preseason by Joe Reed. Even then, the team can benefit from using both players in the return game to limit injuries and foster competitiveness.

Roster spots used: 29/55