Looking at what the Charger wide receiving group had to go through in 2013 due to the losses of Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd, the team has a couple of new faces making plays and impressing at Chargers Park during training camp. Those two players are Tevin Reese and Dontrelle Inman.
When comparing them physically, they couldn’t be any more different. Reese stands 5’10” and weighs 170 pounds while Inman is 6’3″ and has a 205 pound frame. One thing they certainly have in common through the first three days of training camp is that they are impressing the coaching staff and making plays.
Tevin is a burner out of Baylor that Tom Telesco selected in the seventh round of this year’s draft. His speed and quickness have both been highlighted in the first days of training camp. After dropping a couple of passes, and bobbling a few others as well, Reese has been securing the ball and catching it outside of his frame. He has made some fantastic plays thus far. He’s made a few defensive backs look silly with his ability to take the top of the defense with his blazing speed.
The rookie is also seeing a lot of time returning punts all throughout camp. You’ve also seen Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal back there in addition to Reese. I certainly don’t want to see San Diego’s number one wideout – Allen – risking injury during return duties and the team knows the importance of a healthy Royal after he missed most of last year’s practice time.
If Tevin Reese continues to make strides as both a returner and a wide receiver, the Bolts might have found a serious threat that can provide the game-changing playmaker the team has lacked since the loss of Darren Sproles.
The 25-year-old Dontrelle Inman comes to the Chargers via the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. As mentioned above, Inman has good size and he’s shown that he has very reliable hands as a receiver. Like Reese, his play has been solid and he is earning kudos from Charger head coach Mike McCoy.
Inman will have to keep working hard and find a way to contribute on special teams if he wants to carve out a spot on the 2014 Chargers. But his ability to position his body and fend off members of the secondary while getting after passes is exciting. Although his route running needs a little work – rounded off a few routes the last couple of days – he is above-average in that department. He’s made some great plays in both 7-on-7 and full team drills.
It will be a difficult path for both of the young men to make the roster this season. But if they both keep wowing the coaching staff with the same highlight plays as they have up until this point, they’ll definitely garner an extra look from McCoy and Telesco.
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