Most intriguing x-factors on the LA Chargers: WR Joe Reed
Out of the two rookie receivers taken in the 2020 NFL Draft — Joe Reed and K.J. Hill — Reed is absolutely the more intriguing as a potential x-factor in 2020.
I think Hill fits the offensive better and is going to get more playing time as a result. He is a slot receiver on a team that needed a slot receiver. He is not the most athletic, but he is a really good route-runner with sure hands. Where have you heard that comparison before? (hint: Keenan Allen).
Don’t expect Hill to be as good as Allen, he just has a similar skill set. However, with a change at quarterback and a more run-heavy offense, Hill probably won’t put up big numbers as he is going to be the fifth target in the offense.
Reed, however, impacts the team in two ways. First, he is an excellent kick returner and with the style of offense that the Chargers are going to run, having a great return game is paramount. It often gets overlooked, but Reed could literally decide the outcome of games if he puts together a few great returns.
Reed also has gadget playability, which I am really excited about. End-arounds, wide receiver screens and even lining up as a traditional running back are all possible with Reed, who is fantastic with the ball in his hand and making defenders miss.
I don’t think the overall numbers will jump off the page but I do think that Joe Reed is going to be a walking highlight reel for the LA Chargers in 2020.