LA Chargers: Potential hidden gems on the Chargers roster
By Steven Haglund
LA Chargers hidden gem number four: Tyron Johnson, wide receiver
Every once in a while you’ll do some background research into a player and find some really surprising information. Researching Tyron Johnson was one of those times. I know high school rankings aren’t everything but at one point Johnson was the second-highest ranked receiver in the whole country in his high school career. He ranked as high as number eleven overall and every recruiting site had him as a five-star recruit.
Johnson initially enrolled at LSU to stay close to home but ended up transferring to Oklahoma State. As a Cowboy he was able to carve out a nice role as a secondary playmaker and totaled 53 catches for 845 yards and seven touchdowns, including six games in which he totaled 75 yards or more.
Johnson didn’t dominate the stat sheet but the physical potential has always been there. He flashed big-play ability on a consistent basis at Oklahoma State, due in large part to his world-class speed. He put up the fastest 40-yard dash of any wide receiver at the 2019 NFL Combine when he ran a 4.31.
I think it’s safe to say we all know four of the Chargers wide receivers will be safe this year, maybe Andre Patton as well but the team has been willing to carry six receivers in the past and perhaps Johnson’s speed and untapped potential will give him an edge over other players fighting for that last spot.
If not, I think the team should definitely keep him around on the practice squad to see how he develops.