Andre Patton could surprise many and be the LA Chargers’ starting WR3.
Right now, the favorite to win the WR3 role with the LA Chargers is probably seventh-round pick, K.J. Hill. Hill was projected to go as high as the fourth round in the 2020 NFL Draft, set the all-time receptions record at Ohio State and is a natural in the slot.
There is also a case to be made for Joe Reed, who is quicker than Reed, was taken earlier in the draft and also has fun gadget play (such as end-arounds) capability.
One player that fans should not rule out, however, is Andre Patton. Patton has spent three years with the team and while he has not put together great tape and has only played 13 games, he has just as fair of a shake as both Hill and Reed.
In fact, here are three reasons why we think he could surprise many and become the team’s starting WR3.
1. He has more exprience with the LA Chargers
This typically would not matter as the team would have a regular training camp and preseason to see how Hill and Reed fit into the Chargers’ scheme. However, with a quirky preseason, this year that is not going to include any preseason games, the more experienced players have a better shot.
This is not to say that Hill and Reed can’t impress during practices and training camp and win out the job but it is going to be harder for them to outright win the job without any actual game film.
Patton might not have much game film, either, but he has three years’ worth of experience and familiarity with Anthony Lynn and the coaching staff. In a preseason where everything is up in the air, I would not be surprised to see Lynn give Patton the nod early on.
This does not mean that he wil hold the job for the entire season and this is not the only reason why he could win the job.