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LA Chargers: Players who could be hurt the most by a virtual offseason

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 06: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown from a punt return, to trail 17-7 to the Denver Broncos, during the third quarter in a 20-13 Broncos win at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 06, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 06: Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown from a punt return, to trail 17-7 to the Denver Broncos, during the third quarter in a 20-13 Broncos win at Dignity Health Sports Park on October 06, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jeremiah Jhass/XFL via Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jeremiah Jhass/XFL via Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers hurt the most by a virtual offseason: Donald Parham

We could have put Donald Parham or Storm Norton on this list, as both are coming over from the XFL with some promising traits and still have to win their jobs on the roster. However, with Norton, even if he makes the roster he was always going to be a depth tackle for the team.

There is more at stake with Parham, who showed enough potential in the five weeks of the XFL to be a legitimate passing threat in an NFL offense. With Virgil Green’s contract expiring after this season and Hunter Henry on the franchise tag, Parham very well could be part of the Chargers’ future.

Parham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns in five games for the Dallas Renegades. It is more than just the barebones numbers, though, as Parham put together good tape and has exciting measurables.

Parham is 6’8″ yet runs like he is 6’3″. While he his slender frame does leave some gaps in his run-blocking technique, he has the size advantage over anyone that he is matched up against and certainly has the speed of an NFL tight end.

At the very least, Parham can be an exciting red zone target, with the Chargers taking advantage of his size.

The problem is that with several other tight ends on the roster, Parham might not get hit shot to earn a tangible role with the 2020 team, and from there, who knows what the team’s plan would be with him in future years if he does not even play this year.

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