The Los Angeles Chargers 2023 rookie class reviews to Costa Mesa, California on Wednesday. Whereas the highest of the roster is generally stuffed out, there may be wiggle room additional down the depth chart the place a few of these rookies may make an impression.
What roles do Quentin Johnston and Derius Davis carve out?
L.A.’s first-round decide on this yr’s NFL Draft, Johnston’s flooring is listed because the No. 4 receiver behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Joshua Palmer. It is unlikely Allen or Williams are flat-out supplanted as both of the highest two receivers within the offense, however Johnston’s near-identical ability set to that of Williams will additional complement Justin Herbert’s greatest trait within the deep ball. No matter the place he falls on the depth chart, Johnston will probably be used within the deep recreation.
Davis, L.A.’s fourth-round decide within the draft, is the frontrunner to win the kick returner and punt returner jobs. Offensively, Davis profiles as a speedy slot receiver — a task presently occupied by Allen. Davis will not supplant Allen, however is an effective backup ought to Allen see related harm points to these of final season.
How a lot of an impression will Tuli Tuipulotu make?
L.A. hopes to get a full season of the Joey Bosa-Khalil Mack duo in 2023. Even when each stay wholesome all season, the commodity of getting a 3rd efficient go rusher to spell both would put the Chargers at an infinite benefit. L.A.’s second-round pick of USC, Tuipulotu is the frontrunner to play this function, and he’ll have little-to-no competitors with Kyle Van Noy leaving in free company.
How does the working again depth chart shake out?
Joshua Kelley and Isaiah Spiller are set to battle it out for the No. 2 working again job behind Austin Ekeler. Larry Rountree III is within the combine as effectively. Not one of the three have made important impressions as potential No. 2 backs worthy of elevated touches in Kellen Moore’s offense.
Enter undrafted free brokers Elijah Dotson out of Northern Colorado and Tyler Hoosman out of North Dakota. It is unlikely both win the backup job in coaching camp, however both may plant the seed to make the 53-man roster or apply squad and see significant touches later within the season — particularly if no true No. 2 working again emerges within the offense early within the season.