A Perfect WR Just Became Available For Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers added a few rookie wide receivers in the 2024 NFL Draft, but they need a veteran to help this offense.
Apr 2, 2024; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at press conference
Apr 2, 2024; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh speaks at press conference / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers will have a new set of starting wide receivers this season after they traded Keenan Allen to the Chicago Bears and released Mike Williams, who signed a deal with the New York Jets.

Without Allen and Williams in the Chargers’ starting lineup, Los Angeles decided to address the wide receiver position in the 2024 NFL Draft selecting Ladd McConkey in the second round, and Brendan Rice and Cornelius Johnson in the seventh round.

However, Chargers head coach Jim Harbaugh cannot depend on those rookie wideouts plus Josh Palmer, Quentin Johnston, and Derius Davis to automatically become stars. They need a veteran or two to help this wide receiver room grow and progress.

Therefore, one veteran wide receiver who should be on the Chargers’ radar is Zay Jones. Jones was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday after the team made a few additions to their wide receiver room this offseason.

Former Jaguar Zay Jones is the Perfect Chargers WR Target

Jones has become a reliable passing-catching threat with the Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders over the past few seasons.

The 29-year-old wide receiver only played in nine games last season because of a PCL injury and cartilage damage in his femur. Jones had 34 receptions (64 targets) for 321 yards and two touchdowns.

However, when healthy, Jones can easily have 800-plus receiving yards, which he did in his first year with the Jaguars (823 and five touchdowns in 2022). 

Los Angeles hasn’t been connected to many veteran wide receivers this offseason, outside of former Kansas City Chiefs wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling. That said, for Justin Herbert to be successful this season, he’ll need a veteran pass catcher that he can lean on.

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