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LA Chargers: Grading the 2020 wide receiver group

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball after making a catch in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball after making a catch in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at RingCentral Coliseum on November 07, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Andre Patton and a potential sixth receiver

Allen, Williams, Reed, and Hill are obvious locks to make the roster. There will be a lot of discussion as to who the last receiver or receivers should be during the preseason. Right now, it feels like Andre Patton certainly has the early lead on that.

Patton had middle-of-the-road production for the role he played. His snap percentage of 48% might lead one to believe that he should’ve had more receptions and yards, but remember that he was thrown into the mix pretty late. If it weren’t for injuries to Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin, Patton wouldn’t have been playing that much.

Despite a so-so year, Patton is still a tall receiver with good speed. He’s still developing after being on the practice squad for so long. If he gets better at finishing the catch starts to limit his drops, there may be a real starting potential for him at some point.

Bonus:

There are a few more guys to keep in mind. The new CBA means that rosters are expanding from 53 to 55. Darius Jennings could make the team if he differentiates himself with special teams play, although that may be harder to do with Reed on the team now. Tyron Johnson has blazing speed as he clocked a 4.31 40 time last year.

The Chargers ended up promoting Jason Moore and Jalen Guyton at various points last year, so they may have some belief in them. If the team keeps six receivers because of expanded rosters, these are the guys to look out for.

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