5. More variety in receiving targets
Herbert’s bread and butter through his first two starts have been heavy doses of Allen, Ekeler, and Hunter Henry. Occasionally, someone like Jalen Guyton gets involved. K.J. Hill had a catch in this game as well, but it just feels like the Chargers aren’t mixing it up enough.
Mike Williams never really got involved prior to getting hurt. Then again, the offensive pass interference call on him was B.S.
Ekeler, Henry, and Allen had 276 of the Chargers’ 330 receiving yards. That’s about 83% of the yardage share, up eight percent from Herbert’s debut. They should absolutely maintain a majority of the offense, but I can’t help but feel they would be helped more if defenses had to worry about other options.
Opposing secondaries aren’t scared of Guyton or Hill when all they get is an occasional target here or there. They’re sure as hell not scared of Joe Reed, considering the Chargers just refuse to use him as a receiver. The Chargers also kept four tight ends on the roster and only one of them gets any targets. Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson have been invisible this year.
Allen would be helped drastically if there was a third or fourth receiver for Tampa Bay’s defense to be worried about.
So far, it feels like the Chargers only have two wideouts on their roster. Having more viable receiving threats would help the Bolts, but it feels like they lean away from that more and more each week. The percentage of the offense running through the trio of Ekeler, Henry, and Allen keeps increasing.
Throw Reed out there, maybe put Hill in the slot. Perhaps use the 6’8″ tight end’s size. Oh wait, he’s inactive every week. There could easily be more creativity in targets for this offense, but they just veer away from it. More viable threats in the receiving game would also help the trio mentioned earlier.