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

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3. Tre Nixon, New England Patriots

With all of the receiver issues that the New England Patriots have had in recent months, it is a surprise that Tre Nixon has not been elevated by the team. New England selected Nixon in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft and up until this point he has not played a single NFL snap.

The main reason probably is his lack of experience on special teams and how much Bill Belichick values that side of the football. If you cannot add value to special teams you are not going to make many rosters as a backend receiver.

That being said, the Chargers have a receiver that is making a big special teams impact in DeAndre Carter, so they can afford to look the other way in that regard if they want to bring Nixon in. The team certainly should consider it, as Nixon has the traits that the Chargers should be looking for.

Nixon is quick and has similar burst as Guyton, running a 4.44 40-yard dash at the 2021 NFL Combine with a 4.27 shuttle time and 6.81 cone drill time. Like Guyton, Nixon can play both in the slot and outside and could offer more than just a deep-ball option. While his route tree would probably limit him to deep balls, there is a lot of potential there in Nixon.

This is an example of one of those players who seemingly has all of the athletic traits and just hasn't got a chance yet. Sometimes all it takes is the right team and scheme to unlock someone as Nixon has something to be unlocked.

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While he only played four games in his senior year, Nixon did finish with 49 catches for 830 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games played for UCF in his junior season. In three preseason games this year, he finished with 12 catches for 169 yards. There certainly is something to unlock.