LA Chargers News

4 losers from the first week of LA Chargers training camp

Alexander Insdorf
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
4 of 4

WR Joe Reed

Unlike the other guys I've written about to this point, Joe Reed was already facing a steep uphill climb in his quest to make the roster. If the Chargers keep five receivers like they did last year, he would solely be a practice squad candidate considering the offseason addition of DeAndre Carter.

Even if they keep a WR6 on the roster, it's still uncertain Reed would even be that guy at this point. Michael Bandy has been a more consistent special teams contributor throughout camp and he has taken some first-team reps with the offense. Bandy is also building off of a 2021 season where he was consistently available for the team.

For his own value, Reed hasn't been bad to be clear. He's had decent routes and catches in camp, even beating J.C. Jackson on a crossing route thrown by Easton Stick. It just feels like the odds of making the roster have gotten longer for the former Virginia product based on roles.

He's not beating Carter or Bandy out of well-defined special teams roles. He *probably* has no chance of beating them out of WR depth chart spots either. Evenwhile fighting for gunner on the punt team, it's unlikely that he beats out fellow receivers Jalen Guyton or Josh Palmer for that spot.

MUST-READ: Chargers surpass Chiefs as a top-rated team in Madden 23

It's less that Reed has been bad and more that there's simply a lack of utility for Reed on this roster at this point.