With the NFL Draft less than a week away, the Chargers roster still has some filling out to do. That said, even at this somewhat early stage of the offseason, many fans should have a solid idea of what the Bolts will look like for game one of the regular season.
For this hyper-important countdown (it’s April, baby!), Bolt Beat ranks the current starters and what their outlook looks like for 2022. For this list, I will be using the latest ESPN depth chart (tomato, tomato, I know) to count down the Bolts on offense.
A particularly skilled squad, this was tough to put together on the front-end, but there are still some glaring weak spots on paper after going down the starting lineup.
Ranking every Chargers starter on offense before the 2022 NFL Draft:
11. WR Jalen Guyton/FB Gabe Nabers
This was a toss-up position as the Bolts’ current roster makeup has their offense as a base three wide receiver, one tight end set with Nabers as the starting fullback. One of quarterback Justin Herbert’s closest friends on the team, Nabers has appeared in 26 contests over the course of his two-year Bolts career. With two receiving touchdowns, he has shown he can do more than just clear the way for running back Austin Ekeler and the rest of his backfield mates. Though I am for the resurgence of the fullback position a la Lorenzo Neal, Nabers has most likely found his niche with the Bolts.
After signing a contract tender this offseason, the Bolts have given Guyton a chance to prove that he belongs on their roster for a while. Over the last two seasons, the speedster from North Texas has accumulated 959 receiving yards to go along with six touchdown catches.
After starting in nine games in 2020, Guyton only notched two starts in 2021 and also regressed in overall receiving yards. In terms of offensive fit, Guyton has shown he can mesh well with Herbert in the past so his value has been showcased over time as one of the more reliable receiving threats behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. He has an important season coming up in 2022 if he wants to remain a Bolt.