Without a doubt, the strongest part of this year’s Chargers offense is the wide receiver position.
While that’s good news if you're a fan, it’s not so good news for a guy like Isaiah Burse, who’s in the midst of a fight for a final roster spot.
Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman and 7th overall pick, Mike Williams, are all locks. That leaves third-year WR Isaiah Burse — the guy who I think has the most to prove — on the outside looking in.
The Chargers have some of, if not the worst injury-luck in the league. Every receiver I just listed either missed time or was battling injury at some point last season. Mike Williams, who hasn’t played a snap in his NFL career, is expected to be out until at least October. Based on history, the Chargers will need another receiver and Burse needs to show he's that guy.
Burse didn’t produce as a receiver last year. He was targeted four times but had no catches. Where he flashed the most was in the return game. He took over for a struggling Travis Benjamin midway through last season and did a solid job.
However, Burse still needs to establish himself as an NFL receiver. Training camp/preseason is the perfect time to do so. The Chargers could easily hand over return duties back to Benjamin or maybe even to rookie DB Desmond King, who’s been seeing return work in camp and also returned a kick in yesterday’s game against the Seahawks. Doing so would allow them to use that roster spot for depth purposes at another position of need.
Undrafted free agent WRs, Artavis Scott, Mitchell Paige, Andre Patton and Cameron Posey are all obviously new to the system. The other receivers Geremy Davis, Jamaal Jones and Da’Ron Brown haven’t played any meaningful snaps. Burse has the experience factor on his side given that he’s been in the system for a year already. He’s also seen a good amount of game action and has the team’s trust as a potential return man. I understand the UDFAs, Davis, Jones, and Brown are unknown and also looking to prove themselves. But considering the fact the Chargers are already somewhat deep at the position and could possibly use the roster spot for depth somewhere else, I feel like they guy they know the most, which is Isaiah Burse, still has the most to prove.