LA Chargers: Players who are helped/hurt by new offensive gameplan

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Joe Reed: Helps

Maybe it is the last name, maybe it is the fact that he is wearing my favorite number. Regardless, I really like the selection of Virginia’s Joe Reed in the 2020 NFL Draft and I think that he could do wonders on this style of offense at the professional level.

At the very least, Reed is going to be a consistent returner that gives the Chargers clarity at that position and hopefully helps turn the special teams unit around. It has been some time since the team had a clear-cut returner and Reed has the talent to carve out a career doing that alone.

However, I also really like his ability in gadget plays. Reed is not the best route-runner and he is quick, but not blazing fast. He is really good with the ball in his hands and making defenders miss and that is what the Chargers can take advantage of.

I think this is going to be the most unique offense we have seen the Chargers run in quite some time. We have already seen the team adopt more plays like end-arounds even with Philip Rivers and I think that will be turned up a notch in 2020.

Whether it be those end-arounds, screen passes, read-options, or even dedicated runs, I think Anthony Lynn is going to use Reed as a Swiss Army Knife of sorts with big-play potential.

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His overall numbers will not be anything staggering, but the impact that Joe Reed has on this team is absolutely magnified by the new offensive gameplan.