Despite seeing 88 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday, according to Pro Football Reference, Inman didn't factor in much statistically, snaring just three of his six targets. Still Sunday's catch total marks the first time in three games the 27-year-old has caught multiple passes. Given Inman's large snap count, he still has some fantasy value, but it's anyone's guess as to when he might go off, making him a risky play at best.
Inman caught his only target for 11 yards in Thursday's win against the Broncos.
Inman and the rest of his fellow receivers were shut down by the Broncos secondary, as Philip Rivers was unable to throw for more than 200 yards for the first time since Week 10 of last season. It's beginning to look like Inman's Week 4 explosion may have been anomaly, as the third-year player has recorded just two catches for 14 yards in the last two games.
One week after recording a career-high 120 receiving yards, Inman saw teammates Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin explode for over 100 receiving yards each while he managed just three targets. Listed as a starting receiver in a dynamic passing offense, Inman's up-and-down performance this season is certainly odd, but not exactly unexpected, as the 27-year-old is firmly behind Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates in the receiving pecking order. While his volatility is maddening, Inman has seen the highest percentage of snaps of any wide receiver on the
Inman is expected to get the start at wide receiver with Keenan Allen (knee) done for the season, ESPN's Eric Williams reports.
Another large-bodied wide receiver, Inman filled in ably last season as injuries decimated the Chargers receiving core, recording 35 catches for 486 yards and three touchdowns. In a high octane passing attack, Inman should be able to put up similar numbers this season, but there is potential for even more production with Keenan Allen out for the year. He'll be competing for additional targets with a bevy of players, including speedster Travis Benjamin as well as emerging wide receiver Tyrell Williams.
Inman was not targeted in Sunday's preseason game against the Vikings.
Although he didn't get a target, Inman actually played more snaps than Travis Benjamin while Philip Rivers was in the game, holding an 11-7 advantage, according to Pro Football Focus. This may just be an anomaly, as Benjamin is believed to be the No. 2 wideout, with Inman, Tyrell Williams, James Jones and Javontee Herndon battling to fill out the depth chart. Inman does remain a clear favorite for No. 3 job, after filling in capably for an injury-plagued Chargers squad last season.
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