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3 practice squad receivers the Chargers can poach to replace Jalen Guyton

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2. Dez Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans

Dez Fitzpatrick was selected in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft and has not really gotten any sort of chance to show what he has at the NFL level. Fitzpatrick was waived and signed to the practice squad in his first NFL season and saw the same result in his sophomore season as well.

Fitzpatrick was elevated in four games for the Titans last season as he currently has five catches for 49 yards with a touchdown. While the touchdown was nothing spectacular by Fitzpatrick, it is clear that he can run an NFL route tree.

Fitzpatrick does not have the breakaway speed or acceleration that Guyton has but he certainly is not slow, either. The former Louisville receiver ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the 2021 NFL Combine but possesses top-end speed that makes him a potentially dangerous deep-ball route runner.

If the Chargers are looking for someone to essentially replace the impact that Guyton has on the offense then Fitzpatrick could be their guy. At six-foot-two, with his speed, Fitzpatrick can be the team's deep-ball receiver, allowing short and intermediate routes to open up for Mike Williams and co.

After all, Fitzpatrick did average 19.3 yards per reception in his senior season at Louisville. He is built to be a deep-ball option at the NFL level and the Titans' offense isn't really built to utilize him.