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LA Chargers: 4 potential breakout players for the 2021 season

By Michael Ciccketti
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1. Tyron Johnson

After going undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2019, Tyron Johnson spent time on three different teams before landing in LA. In six months, Johnson played on the Texans, Bills and Panthers’ practice squads before finding a home with the Chargers practice squad.

In 2020, Johnson was elevated to the active roster in week four and spent the remainder of the season as WR4 on the depth chart behind Allen, Williams and Guyton.

With this season most likely being Mike Williams’ last as a Charger and Keenan Allen entering his age 29 season, LA needs to find a receiver that Herbert can rely on for the future.

Tyron Johnson (@_TBJXIII)

He developed a rapport w/ Herbert as a deep option

He put up an incredible 2.34 yds per route run (per @PFF), good for 10th in the NFL and right after A.J. Brown, Julio Jones and Stefon Diggs

He’ll look to get closer to that company over a full season

— The 33rd Team (@The33rdTeamFB) May 19, 2021

In 2020, Johnson caught 20 passes on 26 targets for 398 yards and 3 TDs. Jalen Guyton is another potential breakout receiver candidate.

However, due to Guyton’s inconsistencies with catching the football, I give Tyron Johnson the nod to move up over him in the depth chart in the offense.

At a press conference in April, coach Brandon Staley spoke highly of the receiver group, mentioning Johnson and Guyton as “legit speed guys”:

“We’ve got these two young guys, T-Billy [Tyron Johnson] and Jalen Guyton, who can roll. They are legit 4.3 [40-yard-dash speed] guys, and when you have guys who are legit 4.3 and can get deep on you and take the top off the coverage, it just opens up a lot more in the passing game.”

Josh Palmer, the third-round draft selection out of Tennessee is also a name that will be brought up when talking about the Chargers wide receiver room. Currently, according to ESPN, Palmer is WR5 on the depth chart.

Unless Josh Palmer really wows the Chargers coaching staff in training camp, I believe that this is Tyron Johnson’s WR3 spot to lose.