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Four Chargers who could be entering make-or-break years in 2022

A former first round pick back in 2019, defensive lineman Jerry Tillery had his best year as a pro in 2021. Can he take the next step in 2022?
A former first round pick back in 2019, defensive lineman Jerry Tillery had his best year as a pro in 2021. Can he take the next step in 2022? / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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Joe Reed
Los Angeles Chargers v Buffalo Bills / Timothy T Ludwig/GettyImages

3. Joe Reed

After being signed to a reserve/future contract with the Chargers earlier this year, Reed’s career is at a crossroads. Following a productive rookie season in 2020 where he had 21 kick returns for 435 kick return yards along with a rushing touchdown, Reed’s future is uncertain after no stats to speak of in 2021.

Though he is scheduled as a backup on the Chargers' depth chart behind Jalen Guyton, he will need a big training camp to show how he can stick on the active roster. 

However, it will be a steep hill for Reed to get out as the Chargers receiving room is getting more crowded with the addition of receiver and kick returner DeAndre Carter. There are also rumors swirling that 49ers Pro Bowler Deebo Samuel could be a potential trade target for Los Angeles.

If Samuel does indeed end up going to L.A., then Reed’s fate might be sealed as either a practice squad member or better off with another team. However, he still can bring value to the Bolts if he does return to his 2020 form, especially as a returner

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