LA Chargers at risk of being cut without playing a snap: WR Darius Jennings
The LA Chargers signed wide receiver Darius Jennings prior to the 2020 NFL Draft and he was viewed as an exciting signing that would also help the team with returns as well. Now, after the draft has shaken out, Jennings very well could find himself on the outside looking in and never play for the team that signed him.
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It is probably most likely that he will be signed to the practice squad if anything but his chances of being a valuable contributor to the team is much smaller now than they were when he first signed because of who the Chargers have brought in.
The Chargers drafted two wide receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft, which fills out the teams receiving depth as they also have speedster Andre Patton as a fifth option. For an offense that is already going to have fewer passing attempts, they already have plenty of targets.
Most importantly, one of the receivers that the team drafted, Joe Reed, is a return specialist as well. Perhaps the Chargers might plan on starting Jennings as the return specialist and easing Reed into the role, but that job should be Reed’s to lose.
Jennings was an exciting return man two years ago but was not really used in the role that often last season. He only returned six kickoffs, averaging only 21.8 yards per return. If he was coming off a big season that would be one thing, but he is not.
Barring a surprise, expect Joe Reed to be the return man for the LA Chargers in 2020 and Darius Jennings to likely be off the roster.