LA Chargers: 3 free agents who can step in for injured Mike Williams
By Brandon Viera
Wide receiver option three: Jordan Matthews
Jordan Matthews already has prior experience with likely week one starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor from when the two played for the Buffalo Bills in 2017. That was not an amazing season for either player, and Buffalo’s success was largely based on their defense that year anyway. However, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Jordan Matthews was quite a good receiver.
In his first three years in Philly, Matthews put up over 800 yards in each season and had 19 total touchdowns. He is only 28 years old and has never had a receiver like Keenan Allen playing alongside him to take some pressure off of his shoulders (although Jeremy Maclin was terrific in Matthews’ rookie season, Keenan is a far better receiver). Along with that, Sam Bradford as his starting quarterback was no perfect situation.
Matthews stands at six feet three inches, and weighs 215 pounds, and runs what is around a 4.46 40 yard dash. He has made catches in space and through contact, however, he has speed very similar to that of Mike Williams and will not be someone who puts fear into the defense because he can blow right by them.
Matthews is another player who has a low floor as well as a high ceiling if he can get back to how he once played five years ago. A team as talented as the Chargers could certainly bring that out of him if he can still truly be that player, and he would by no means be commanding big money. The team has no reason not to work out a guy like Matthews while Mike Williams is sidelined.
Those are three free-agent wide receivers the LA Chargers can sign to help try and fill the void left by Mike Williams as he recovers from his sprained shoulder. Do you think any of these players have the opportunity to make an impact for the team early on in the season? Let us know down below, or maybe suggest what you feel the team can do to weather the storm in September.