The LA Chargers are on the road in Week 7 in a must-win game against the Kansas City Chiefs. A loss against the Chiefs would push the Chargers to 2-4 on the season, which might be too big of a hole to dig out of with the remaining schedule the rest of the way.
If there was ever a time for Brandon Staley to have a statement win in a big spot it is against the Chiefs. This is going to be the definition of a kitchen sink game for the Chargers.
That kitchen sink mentality is starting before the game even begins. Staley and the coaching staff are not playing around with their Week 7 roster decisions and have made 2021 third-round pick Tre' McKitty a healthy scratch. In most weeks, McKitty would be active solely because he is a recent draft pick. Not this week.
Tre' McKitty's inclusion on the Chargers inactives list is a harsh reality check
General manager Tom Telesco does not have the best resume when it comes to the NFL Draft and McKitty is yet another example of a recent draft pick that is not working out as expected. No GM is going to hit on 100% of their picks but the miss rate for Telesco has been alarming.
It has been even worse since Staley was hired, which definitely says something about his ability to help evaluate talent in the draft. The Chargers have made 24 draft picks since Staley was hired. Four of those picks are not even on the team anymore and three have been healthy scratches in recent weeks.
Guys like Rashawn Slater, Asante Samuel Jr, and Joshua Palmer are holding up the draft class. But then there are the likes of Quentin Johnston, Zion Johnson, JT Woods, Isaiah Spiller and now McKitty who have been incredibly disappointing.
While this is a harsh reality check for the Chargers, the team did the right thing. McKitty has been awful for the Bolts. He was drafted as a blocking tight end who would hopefully develop as a pass-catcher. He has not developed much at all as a pass-catcher and has actually been pretty below average as a blocking tight end.
McKitty doesn't offer anything to this team and he could be yet another recent draft pick that does not even make it to the end of his rookie deal. Him being a healthy scratch in Week 7 might be the beginning of the end.