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LA Chargers: Seven training camp battle predictions

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: Justin Jackson #22 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball ahead of Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings during a 39-10 Vikings win at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: Justin Jackson #22 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball ahead of Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings during a 39-10 Vikings win at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

WR Joe Reed vs. WR K.J. Hill vs. WR Jalen Guyton

The third receiver is one of the most interesting battles on the team in my opinion. The coaching staff needs to look for someone who has a skill set that complements Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Injuries hurt the Chargers’ receiving depth significantly last season.

The Chargers picked two wide receivers in the draft as they made it a priority to get better depth at the position. Joe Reed is a versatile threat who they’ve talked about putting at receiver, running back, and kick returner. K.J. Hill was the team’s seventh-round pick who many considered to be a steal at the time. He had great catch percentages in college and was a beast in the slot.

While this may surprise some, the third receiver will actually be neither of those guys. Jalen Guyton has 4.35 speed with decent route-running skills. We saw glimpses of that last season, but now he has a chance to build on his brief experiences with the team in 2019.

Speed and athleticism are truly what I think separates Guyton from Hill and Reed. It’s also an important element in complementing Allen and Williams. Neither of them are known for their speed, so having a burner wide receiver three could help the flow of the offense a lot. Think of what Travis Benjamin was supposed to be before constantly under-performing.

Hill will likely be a slot WR4 while Reed makes an impact as an offensive wild card and a special teamer.

Winner: Jalen Guyton

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