The Chargers have a good receiving corps with Malcom Floyd, Keenan Allen and the new additions of Stevie Johnson and Jacoby Jones. There is still one more spot open, and the Chargers need to figure out who’s going to fill that fifth spot.
That one guy, Antonio Gates, is pretty damn good, as well; albeit the tight end will miss four games due to suspension.
There is a player we have already seen in real game action, and that man is Dontrelle Inman.
Inman, the Virginia product, filled in nicely for Allen last season after breaking his collar bone. Inman was an undrafted free agent that originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. He had 12 receptions for 158 yards. While averaging 13.2 yards per catch, Inman’s longest play was 28 yards. He was only targeted 17 times. This means he caught 71% of the balls Rivers thrown his way. He also got the Chargers seven first downs.
Next we have Austin Pettis.
Pettis was drafted in the third round with 78th overall pick by the St. Louis Rams. Pettis also has playing experience under his belt, while playing with the Rams. In his four years of playing with the Rams, Pettis started in 47 games. He had 107 receptions for 1,034 yards and averaged 9.7 yards per catch. Pettis’ longest play was 36 yards. He gave the Rams 62 first downs and 9 touchdowns.
Another good candidate is rookie prospect Titus Davis. Davis played college ball at Central Michigan. While playing there, he had 204 receptions for 3,700 yards. He averaged 18.1 yards per reception along with 37 total touchdowns. He also had 15 rushes for 113 yards, while averaging 7.5 yards per carry.
Next is Javontee Herndon.
Herndon is a second-year pro out of the University of Arkansas. In college, Herndon had 62 receptions for 910 yards. He averaged 14.7 yards per catch, adding touchdowns. He also had four rushes for 60 yards.
Finally, somebody that the team and media loves, Tyrell Williams.
Williams played at Western Oregon. He had the school’s all-time record with 156 catches. He had 2,792 receiving yards, and he was good for 21 touchdowns. He has a great size, while also being speedy.
All five of these guys have a solid chance, but only one will win that fifth spot. I strongly believe it will be Inman, considering that we’ve seen what he can do for the Chargers in the regular season.
Rick Reiff Jr.