The Chargers’ offense has come to a screeching halt the past two games. In particular, it has been the passing game that has been problematic.
Early-down play-calling and the right side of the offensive line are to blame. However, we have not seen Justin Herbert do much of this season that is proven to have success: taking shots down the field.
Herbert’s air yards per attempt is 7.6, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. Furthermore, he is only averaging 7.9 yards per play-action attempt, according to Pro Football Reference.
While Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are one of the league’s better duos, Los Angeles would largely benefit from a proven speedster to unlock Herbert’s cannon of an arm more often to establish efficiency again.
One solution could be veteran DeSean Jackson, who the Rams recently waived.
Jackson, 34, was not let go of because of an injury or lack of production, but the team did not have many opportunities for him to contribute.
He left the Rams with eight receptions for 221 yards and one touchdown and showed that he has plenty of juice to be a downfield threat.
Furthermore, despite the injury concerns, Jackson is the healthiest in the past three seasons.
Since it’s now after the NFL trade deadline, Jackson is subject to waivers. If the Chargers were to claim him, they would take on his current $4.5 million contract. If Jackson clears waivers, he becomes a free agent.
Currently, Los Angeles is 20th on the waiver wire.
The bottom line is while he would not fix the pass protection problems or the drops that have been detrimental, Jackson is capable of bringing a downfield specialist that would allow Herbert to do what he does best.