Reed and Hill have a significant leg up over the field from the standpoint of how much the team truly values them. Spending draft capital on both of those two says a lot about how the Chargers expect them to produce early.
Jalen Guyton is an interesting candidate though. Chargers coaches clearly saw more in him from a talent standpoint than they did Patton. Guyton runs an insane 4.35 40 time while Patton trails him a little bit in the speed department.
The 2019 season forced Guyton into playing a little before he was honestly ready. Philip Rivers tossed a deep strike to him last season that he got open for, but had trouble tracking the ball towards the end. There were a few instances of Guyton just being a little off last year.
Same here. I am surprised. The coaching staff does really like Jalen Guyton, who also has stretch-the-defense speed. That is a factor. But I always liked Patton. Thought he could make a jump this season with Tyrod Taylor at QB. https://t.co/kYEwCDTuph
— Daniel Popper (@danielrpopper) August 1, 2020
If it were up to me, it would make sense to stash Guyton on the practice squad this year and let him develop. On the other hand, the Chargers don’t really have many better choices for the fifth receiver.
Guyton could be a sneaky candidate for the third spot as he’s probably the most talented of the rest in terms of what’s left after Hill and Reed. Anthony Lynn values that game-breaking speed, and if Guyton develops a little more as a route runner, he has it in spades.