LA Chargers 53-man roster predictions, tight end:
- Jared Cook
- Donald Parham
- Tre McKitty
- Stephen Anderson
The LA Chargers signed Jared Cook to be the one-year pass-catching option as they hope to see Tre McKitty blossom into a multi-threat tight end over time. It is not going to happen right away for McKitty, especially in the passing department.
Cook will see the biggest number of snaps in 2021 but I expect him to get less playing time than the traditional TE1. Cook has been regressing each year as he is in the latter stages of his career and those numbers will likely continue to dip in 2021.
Donald Parham should be getting more and more looks as a passing threat for Justin Herbert, especially outside the red zone. We know Parham is an elite red-zone target but it would be nice to see him get more playing time outside of the 20 and short-yardage situations.
McKitty will get a decent number of snaps as well as the best blocking tight end on the team. He is essentially the Virgil Green of this year’s team and is likely going to be the second tight end for either Cook or Parham. I don’t foresee Cook and Parham playing a lot of snaps together.
Then we have Anderson, who I was really excited about after his solid two games to finish the year in 2020. He provides another blocking option and a special teams player as well.