After wide receiver Andre Patton became one of the first six players cut by the Chargers, the battle for the team’s WR3 position became a lot more interesting. His release signified a commitment to the Bolts’ younger players at the position, and this was only made more clear when Anthony Lynn echoed those sentiments to me this past Friday on a Zoom call.
Piggy-backing on all of that, former UDFA Jalen Guyton was seen working with the first-team offense on Monday during their 11-on-11 period, according to video and pictures released by the team’s Twitter account.
WR Jalen Guyton was seen working with the First Team during the 11-on-11 portion of today's practice. #Chargers— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) August 17, 2020
Guyton was seen working out of the slot and out wide, going up against Casey Hayward who broke up a pass intended for Guyton near the sideline.
In a Zoom call with Anthony Lynn this month, he mentioned that the offense needs a guy who can threaten a defense over the top. That used to be Tyrell Williams, and without him in 2019, the offense just wasn’t nearly as explosive.
Guyton reportedly ran his 40s at his pro day in 4.37 and 4.42. He’s currently the only player with a reported 40 that low and may be the team’s best chance at a deep threat. During his two seasons at North Texas - he initially signed with Notre Dame — Guyton recorded 103 catches for 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns with a 15.3 yards per catch average.
It remains to be seen if Guyton is their guy early on in training camp just so the rookies can come along slowly. Give this another week or two and if Guyton is still working mostly with the ones, then I think we all can put more stock in him as the team’s new speedster.