Darius Jennings could’ve made the LA Chargers roster
Without a preseason, it was very difficult for Jennings to make the roster. When he was first signed, the LA Chargers looked at him as a player who had the potential to make an impact on special teams and as a receiver. Later on in the offseason, Reed was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
The selection of Reed truly made Jennings’ potential impact on the roster redundant. Reed has better route running and receiving skills. Not to mention, he was the best kick returner in college football in 2019.
Adding to the uphill battle that Jennings had was the lack of preseason. It’s pretty hard to show off kick returning skills in a training camp setting as opposed to a live game.
As mentioned earlier, Jones would not have made the roster in 2018 if it wasn’t for his preseason special teams play. If Jennings can’t effectively show the skill he’s best at, the chances of making the roster go from a 40-60 percent chance to just about impossible.
He may not have made the roster anyway, but I can’t help but feel he would’ve impressed with 1 or 2 special teams returns to grab the attention of the coaching staff in live play.