2. The LA Chargers signing Darius Jennings AND drafting Joe Reed
Now, this one is a bit easier to explain. The LA Chargers signed Darius Jennings for super cheap and viewed him as someone worthy of taking a risk on. Jennings has potential, especially in the special teams department.
The problem is that the team drafted a nearly identical player type just weeks later in Joe Reed in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Of course, the team was not sure if they would get Reed in the draft, but the players are so similar it makes you wonder if Jennings will even be in the discussion for a final roster spot.
We can assume reasonably that the Chargers had Reed pretty high on their draft board for late-round picks. The team picked him in the fifth round over other needs when there were better-touted receivers on the board.
They picked him for his special teams ability. That did not happen by accident and it makes you think if the plan all along was to draft a dedicated special teams player. If so, what is the purpose of signing Jennings?
It definitely is a fluid situation and we cannot fault Telesco in the slightest for having two identical players, but in hindsight, it is quite clear that the LA Chargers do not really need both Darius Jennings and Joe Reed.