3. The LA Chargers want speed at the WR3 position
Per Jason H. Hirschhorn on NFL.com, Anthony Lynn stated that the team is looking for speed at the WR3 position to blow the top off of coverage. Luckily for Patton, he is one of the fastest players on the entire LA Chargers roster.
We ranked the five fastest players on the Chargers roster a few weeks ago and Patton clocked in at number five, running a 4.40 40-yard dash.
The Chargers do have faster receivers on the roster (we do not want to spoil the list) but Patton certainly has the most experience of those fast receivers. The difference in speed is not that huge and once you get to Patton’s speed there really is not that huge of a difference; Patton is fast, plain and simple.
Reed has good speed, clocking in with a 4.47 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Hill does not have great speed and instead fits more into the Keenan Allen-mold of being an elite route runner. Hill clocked in at 4.60 seconds.
When we put it all together, it is clear that Patton might be the guy that the Chargers are looking for at the third receiver spot. He fits the speed check box, he gives the team better run blocking than any of the other options are going to give and he has familiarity with the team and the coaching staff.
While Hill and Reed might be more talented as receivers, based on what the LA Chargers need/want in 2020, Patton might just end up being the guy for Anthony Lynn — at least to start the season.