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LA Chargers: Who does and doesn’t benefit from Mike Williams’ injury

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

LA Chargers that benefit:

Joe Reed:

Joe Reed was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the LA Chargers and he has a really interesting projected role with the team. Reed is primed to be the team’s primary kick returner but he also has a lot of potential in gadget plays and in the passing game as well.

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Out of any of the options that the Chargers have internally, Reed is the best deep-threat. Reed did not drop a single 20-yard-plus pass in his college career and if things hit the wall, can be the replacement for Williams out wide.

This gives Reed a chance to prove his worth in the passing game and potentially even win the WR3 position.

Jalen Guyton

Jalen Guyton is a speed demon who was going to compete for the WR3 position regardless of Williams being hurt. Guyton has been getting a lot of snaps with the first team in camp thus far and adds the speed that Anthony Lynn has said that the team wants in a WR3.

This simply opens the door for Guyton to get more snaps and solidify his spot on the roster.

Tyron Johnson

Tyron Johnson is simply a depth piece on the Chargers but like Reed and Guyton, this gives him more snaps in camp and is going to increase his odds of being a potential WR4/5 option in spread formations.

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