LA Chargers 53-man roster predictions, wide receivers:
- Keenan Allen
- Mike Williams
- Tyron Johnson
- Jalen Guyton
- Josh Palmer
- K.J. Hill
- Joe Reed
There are multiple things to cover here, first let’s start with Josh Palmer. The LA Chargers selected Palmer in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft and he still is not going to be very high on the depth chart.
What Palmer offers is simply redundant with what Mike Williams offers. If Williams gets hurt, which he always seems to do, then we will likely see Palmer leapfrog Jalen Guyton and get more snaps. However, when everyone is healthy, he is the fifth receiver in the pecking order.
That is part of the reason why I did not love the pick personally. There are good receivers every year in the draft and the Chargers could have drafted their Mike Williams replacement next year and probably could have done so earlier as the roster needs will (hopefully) not be as large.
It is nothing against Palmer as a player.
The other notable thing is the fact that I have seven receivers when 90% of the time teams only run six receivers. There is a reason for this. Reed is going to be (or should be, at least) the team’s primary kickoff returner and he also has gadget play potential.
Reed makes the cut as the kick returner but also serves as the de facto fourth running back if multiple injuries were to happen. Reed can make guys miss with the ball in his hands and can absolutely be the emergency fourth option at running back.
I would rather use that roster spot for Reed to contribute on special teams as well as gadget plays rather than give it to Kelley.