With three wide receivers on the injured reserve and both Travis Benjamin (knee) and Tyrell Williams (knee) currently listed as questionable, the San Diego Chargers have promoted fellow wide receiver Isaiah Burse from their practice squad ahead of Sunday’s meeting with the Denver Broncos.
Burse went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. He finished his collegiate career with 210 receptions for 2,503 yards and 15 touchdowns. After going undrafted, he signed with the Broncos and stayed on the active roster until December when he was demoted to the practice squad and then waived entering the 2015 season.
He later spent several weeks on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad but was released before October. In November, he was signed to the Chargers’ practice squad and inked a futures contract in January 2016.
The 5-10 pass catcher played in all of the Chargers’ preseason games this year while catching six passes for 72 yards and one touchdown. Five of those catches notably came during the final game of the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers. Burse also played in the first two regular season games but failed to log a reception and was subsequently released following Week 2 before being re-signed to the practice squad.
Joining Burse in the receiving corps should Benjamin and Williams be sidelined are Dontrelle Inman and Griff Whalen. Inman has 17 receptions for 237 yards and one touchdown having started all seven games this season.
Tight ends Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates have combined for 37 receptions for 445 yards and five touchdowns as well. Running back Dexter McCluster can also provide some depth if the receiving corps is cut in half as he played a dual role as a running back and wide out with both the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans.