LA Chargers: Grading the Bolts’ 2020 tight end group
Who wins the LA Chargers’ last tight end roster spot?
With an increased roster size, the LA Chargers could theoretically roster more than three tight ends. Right now though, three sounds like a reasonable amount. Whichever tight ends don’t make the roster would likely have a chance to be stored on the practice squad.
Of the other tight ends on the roster, Donald Parham would be the most interesting choice for the third tight end spot on the roster. Parham has massive size at 6’8″ 240. Coming out of college, he went undrafted and would spend the preseason with the Washington Redskins.
His NFL dream didn’t quite work out as he would be cut later on, but then the XFL came calling. Parham lit up the now-defunct league for 307 yards, four touchdowns, and the fifth most receptions.
The XFL was never comparable to the NFL, but Parham still showed off good physicality, speed, and catching ability. He’s still ultimately a raw prospect. While he uses his hands well when blocking, the actual blocking part is still underdeveloped. There’s a lot of potential upside in learning and practicing at the NFL level for a player who has the physical attributes he does.
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Another possibility might be Andrew Vollert. He tore his ACL against the Cardinals in the preseason last year, but will have another opportunity to push for a roster spot again. Vollert is a mediocre blocker, but he’s easily the fastest tight end the Chargers have with a 4.54 40 time.
Stephen Anderson is another Chargers’ tight end who’s in the same boat as Vollert in terms of speed and blocking. At Cal, he was a walk-on wideout who converted to tight end.