Predicting Surprise roster spot snag’s.
The Chargers have a long standing history with undrafted players making the roster year in and year out. In all honesty I can’t remember the last time one didn’t make the team’s final roster. Last year Austin Ekcler held the honor. This season I have 3 players that I am predicting will make the final roster. The first one is not so much of a surprise in my own mind as I have seen what this young man can do up close and personal. The first article will be about none other than Artavis Scott. While Scott may not be a rookie per say, he did get signed as a undrafted rookie last year and eventually landing on the practice squad. I was actually rather surprised when he didn’t make the final roster last season. Much like former college teammate/ current pro teammate Mike Williams, Scott is a national Champion as a member of the Clemson Tigers. Last year he found himself being labeled as a system receiver. He was also labeled as to slow for a NFL receiver after running a 4.6 second 40 yard dash. Charger fans may remember Keenan Allen also receiving a similar label after running a similar time, and we all know how that worked out.
His height is not ideal at 5’10’’ however shorter wide outs are more and more prevalent these days. Last season I attended more than a fair share of training camp practices to see with my own eyes that this kid has what it takes to be a successful slot receiver in the big leagues. Scott seemed to come down with great catches on a regular basis. The scouts said he was to slow to get open down the sidelines however every time I turned around he was burning opposing DB’s. More notably The New Orleans Saints held a joint practice with the Bolts for a week during the pre-season and Scott seemed to be hitting on his deep corner routes regularly. Even over the heralded rookie corner Marshon Lattimore. There was a few times on crossing routes where he just absolutely juked defenders out of there sock’s. Despite all the misleading unprecedented labels Artavis Scott could be as successful as say Julian Edelman if team was willing to use him in a similar fashion.
Geremy Davis stole the final roster spot at the position last year as coach Lynn seemed to have an infinity for Davis. Davis is back again this year heading into camp however in my opinion Davis is already at his sealing and won’t be anything more than what he is right now. Scott on the other hand has a much higher celieng and I look for the team to give him more of an opportunity this season. That is in no way meant to be a knock on Davis himself. The team has added some more depth at the position in the draft by selecting Dylan Cantrell in the 6th round. They have also added Nelson Spruce and a few other undrafted free agents. This would seem to make the situation a bit murkier however the rumor is that the team plans on making Cantrell gain about 15 pounds and transition him to the tight end position. If Scott has put in the appropriate work this offseason and improves on the undervalued talent that I saw even last year, then I have no doubt he will force his way onto this roster. Especially if he improves on some of his return skills which I’m sure will be asked of him which is usual for guys fighting for roster spots. The instincts and sure will and passion are there and will no doubt translate to the type of result’s he wants. I’m rooting for Artavis and the two other prospects I think have a shot at the roster. I will reveal the other two players in my next few upcoming articles. I can’t wait to see the hustle and progression during camp.