The LA Chargers battled so many injuries during the 2022 season and some of those injuries impacted the receiving corps. There were weeks in which Justin Herbert was only throwing to end-of-roster and practice squad players, which was frustrating to watch.
The team adjusted and drafted two rookies to add to the room while also agreeing to a one-year deal with Jalen Guyton. Now, the Chargers have a wide receiver room that is six deep while also having solid pass-catching tight ends and arguably the best receiving back in the league.
All that being said, the Chargers' receiving corps is still being disrespected when compared to other teams in the league. Nobody thinks that this receiving corps is the best in the league, but it definitely deserves a higher ranking than Trevor Sikkema gave it in Pro Football Focus' latest rankings.
Pro Football Focus gives the Chargers the 12th-best receiving corps in the NFL
That is certainly not a bad ranking, but ranking the Bolts outside of the top 10 when you consider some of the teams that did rank in the top 10 is a bit wild. The biggest pushback in the article was the Chargers' health, with Sikkema writing that the Chargers "would be higher on this list if you guaranteed to me that we could turn the injury setting off".
That is a fair critique but you could make that case about so many teams that rank ahead of the Chargers. Heck, Sikkema ranks the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of the Chargers and cites that a "healthy" Kadarius Toney is a game-changer. Has Toney ever been healthy?
Sikkema also ranks the Las Vegas Raiders eighth, which might be the wildest ranking on the entire list. The room is led by Davante Adams but outside of that, there are a lot of unknowns. Sikkema cites Hunter Renfrow as a very good slot player without factoring in that Renfrow missed seven games last year and finished with 330 yards.
Josh Jacobs is mentioned as a great pass-catching back while the additions of Jakobi Meyers, Austin Hooper and Michael Mayer are cited as reasons to like the room. Ekeler is a better receiving back than Jacobs, Mike Williams is a better WR2 than Meyers and the tight-end rooms are probably on par with each other receiving-wise.
The Chargers should definitely be ahead of their two AFC West foes and should be in the top 10. The 2023 season will prove that to be true.