Andre Patton will compete to be the No. 3 receiver for the Chargers this season behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, but even if he wins that job he has minimal Fantasy value. He is not worth drafting in any leagues. The Chargers use Allen, Williams, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler to dominate in the passing game, and there likely won't be many targets left for Patton. He also has to beat out Jason Moore and rookies Joe Reed and K.J. Hill for the No. 3 job, which could end up being a rotation in that spot. Keep an eye on Patton in training camp, and he could potentially be a waiver-wire add during the season if he starts off the year playing well.
Patton signed a contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday. The 26-year-old hauled in six receptions for 56 yards in 13 games with the Chargers last season. He'll boost the Cardinals' depth at wideout, but he's decidedly behind the team's top trio of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. With Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson also in the mix, Patton will need to impress in training camp practices in order to stick around.
Patton visited with the Cardinals on Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports. Arizona uses primarily three-wide sets, but those starting spots are filled with stalwarts DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald. After that trio, the group is inexperienced, so Patton may get a chance to show what he can do in the Cards' offense.
Patton was waived by the Chargers on Saturday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. It's a rather shocking transaction considering many believed Patton to be the frontrunner for the No. 3 WR spot behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The move opens the door for 2020 fifth-round pick Joe Reed to immediately compete for the starting spot, though Popper notes third-year pro Jalen Guyton could fill the speed-stretching role that Travis Benjamin operated in last year.
Patton finished the 2019 season with six catches for 56 yards across 13 games. It's hardly a pivotal final stat line, but with Travis Benjamin (quad) all but assumed to be an offseason cap casualty, Patton figures to be the de-facto No. 3 receiver behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams next year. A two-year practice squad member, Patton still has a ways to go in order to be a relevant fantasy option, but that could change should the Chargers move away from quarterback Philip Rivers, and an offensive funnel that essentially featured just five players --- Allen, Williams, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Hunter Henry --- the entire season.
Patton caught both of his targets for 18 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Raiders. Patton now has four receptions in the last three games, although it's a far cry away from the sheer target dominance of Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry, who once again commanded the attention of quarterback Philip Rivers. Patton's offensive snaps continue to rise, but a lack of consistent opportunities makes Patton an unusable fantasy option.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|2||09/20||Washington Football Team||24||23.00|
|5||10/11||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|12||11/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|13||12/06||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|14||12/13||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|16||12/27||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|17||01/03||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|3 Year Avg||17||6||56||0||4||9.33||5|