Artavis Scott, along with former Clemson wideout Mike Williams, became the second pair of collegiate teammates to reunite with the Chargers, following the reunion of Wisconsin backfield mates, Melvin Gordon and Derek Watt.
Most recently, the team signed former North Dakota State center Tanner Volson following this year’s draft, reuniting him with his signal-caller, Easton Stick. And don’t forget about the plethora of Notre Dame players that now call Los Angeles home.
I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence, but the team seems to be in love with the idea of synergy within their roster. Personally, I think it’s a great idea. In one of the most nerve-wracking periods of their life, the team is doing everything in their power to offer a sense of familiarity for their newest players and future play-makers.
Will Scott’s relationship with the team’s definitive WR2 be enough to keep him around for the foreseeable future, though?
Years with the team: 2
“Artavis Scott signed a 1 year, $495,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including an average annual salary of $495,000. In 2019, Scott will earn a base salary of $495,000, while carrying a cap hit of $495,000.” - Spotrac.com
Scott has yet to see any playing time during the regular season but was able to make an impression this past preseason when he finished second on the team with 82 receiving yards on eight catches (3rd on team).
While at Clemson, Scott played second fiddle to Williams but was definitely no slouch. In three years with the Tigers, Scott amassed 245 catches for 2,480 yards and 19 touchdowns. He knows what it’s like to be an integral part of an offense and it would be more than natural for him to step in for an injured receiver and start catching passes alongside his longtime teammate.
Coming back from a season-ending injury in 2018, Scott still has a chance to be the fourth wide receiver should he surprise the coaching staff in training camp.
Like I stated above, Scott will be attempting to come back from a season-ending, lower-body injury and we all know that isn’t always the smoothest situation to escape from.
If he doesn’t come in to training camp looking like 100%, guys like Dylan Cantrell and Geremy Davis could take full advantage and leave Scott buried on the depth chart.
Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2019
I believe, at the very worst, Scott winds up as the very last receiver kept. The five above him being Keenan Allen, Williams, Travis Benjamin, Cantrell, and Davis.
Best case scenario is Scott makes the final 53 and finds himself on the field in garbage time during a blowout. It’s not out of this world to see Scott make a handful of catches this season, especially if Anthony Lynn decides to strategize a bit differently when it comes to resting starters towards the end of the regular season.
Fun Fact: Scott left Clemson as the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 245. Most surprisingly, he achieved the record in just three seasons. Other notable wide receivers that Scott stands above on the record board are Mike Williams, Sammy Watkins, and DeAndre Hopkins.