The LA Chargers need several players to finish strong for the future of the franchise.
The LA Chargers will not make the playoffs this season and the focus has already been turned to next offseason. For the fans, we are already talking about the 2021 NFL Draft and who the team will hire to be the next head coach (assuming Anthony Lynn is fired).
We should still be focusing on the product on the field, though. Not only is it really fun to watch Justin Herbert but e can get a good gauge of what is in store for next season based on how several key players perform down the stretch.
There are four players in particular that have to finish off strong in 2020 either to make the Chargers feel good about their ability or for the sake of their own future.
1. Joe Reed
You could easily leave Joe Reed off of this list and that would be fine as at the end of the day he has just been a kick returner this season. But that is the problem. The Chargers have this versatile swiss army knife that they are just not using.
Reed has gotten a grand total of 24 offensive snaps this season and has done well when he is given a chance. Granted, it is a massively small sample size but Reed has carried averaged 5.8 yards in his five carries with a touchdown.
Again, it is a small sample, but if you have watched Reed when he is given these touches you can see that there is something there. He is really good at making tacklers miss and finding holes in the blocking schemes to attack.
This has more to do with the coaching staff actually using him than Reed himself but I am hoping that he can actually get more of a workload down the stretch that way the Chargers do not do something foolish and waive him next offseason or cut him in training camp.
Reed is not going to be an every-down Pro Bowl receiver (obviously). But he is being terribly misused and hopefully, now the team has acknowledged that the playoffs are out of the picture, they start turning to him more.