3 Chargers on Thin Ice Following OTAs

The Los Angeles Chargers begin their mandatory minicamp next week. These three players have a lot to prove there if they want to be on the roster to begin the season.
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Cornelius Johnson, WR

Another position that will look entirely different for the Chargers next season is the wide receiver rotation. After losing Mike Williams and Keenan Allen in the offseason, the Bolts decided to go with a younger, more dynamic group, headlined by Josh Palmer, Quentin Johnston, and 2024 draft pick Ladd McConkey.

The overall talent level of this group is not among the most elite in the NFL but there is a ton of depth on this team. The Chargers also signed DJ Chark in free agency, already have 2023 pick Derius Davis, and another 2024 selection Brenden Rice.

That makes six wide receivers ahead of Cornelius Johnson in the depth chart. Teams usually start the season with six or seven receivers, so Johnson could have a chance to make the roster still but likely has to show more during the mandatory minicamp to make his case.

One advantage he has is the fact that he was at Michigan with Harbaugh for the past five seasons. As a Wolverine, he registered 138 catches and 2,038 yards to go with 14 touchdowns in 45 starts. Those are not some dominating numbers and he wasn't that big of a part of the offense.

Even if Johnson is released ahead of the season, he will almost definitely make the practice roster. However, for now, there may be just too many pass-catchers ahead of him.

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