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LA Chargers Roster: How a preseason would’ve changed the final roster

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Wide receiver Jason Moore #89 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 22: Wide receiver Jason Moore #89 of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Jason Moore might not have been WR6

Wide receivers 1-5 became fairly evident as training camp went along. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams were locks. They also used draft capital on K.J. Hill and Joe Reed. The coaching staff is also pretty high on Jalen Guyton, so that really left one spot for a team that usually carries six receivers.

Jason Moore was the wideout who took the sixth receiver spot. This makes a lot of sense as the Chargers inked Moore to a two-year contract last season. Being on the team last year and having a leg up on undrafted free agents in that regard really helped him secure a roster spot. Leaning on experience was a trend for the Chargers and most other NFL teams in a year with no preseason.

While Moore might’ve been likely for the final spot either way, I can’t help but think of the big preseasons other receivers have had that paved their way into eventually making the roster. J.J. Jones was able to crack the roster two years ago while Andre Patton’s big games against New Orleans and Seattle helped him eventually get elevated to the roster.

Tyron Johnson, Jeff Cotton, and Darius Jennings are some of the guys that could’ve truly benefited from having a preseason to show off their receiving ability in comparison with Moore’s. Speaking of Jennings…

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