|Team:||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'3" / 226 lb.|
|Born:||June 29, 1994|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 6 (191)|
Cantrell (shoulder) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve Monday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cantrel was waived by the Chargers on Sunday due to a shoulder injury. Now that he's passed through waivers, he'll likely remain on injured reserve for the remainder of the season unless the two sides reach an injury settlement.
Cantrell was placed on the waived/injured list by the Chargers on Sunday.
Analysis: Cantrell had been dealing with an undisclosed injury heading into camp, that was later described as a shoulder injury. Cantrell had high hopes heading into the offseason, as he was believed to be in the running to secure a 53-man roster spot. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, he'll revert back to the Chargers' roster while being placed on injured reserve.
Cantrell did not participate in Saturday's practice due to an undisclosed reason, Daniel Popper of the Athletic reports.
Analysis: Cantrell's absence isn't yet worrisome given the lack of clarity, but he's likely still on the roster bubble heading into August. Expect a timely return to practice for Cantrell, unless an underlying injury concern is present.
Cantrell was not listed among the Chargers' projected 53-man roster according to ESPN's Eric D. Williams.
Analysis: Williams did cushion that statement with the caveat Cantrell needs more time to acclimate himself to a NFL offense, but it's a bit of a surprise to see the likes of Artavis Scott and Geremy Davis listed above the hulking 6-foot-4 wideout despite the obvious need opposite Mike Williams. Regardless, the Chargers likely won't keep more than six receivers on their game-day roster meaning one of the aforementioned trio may be forced onto the practice squad or outright released.
Cantrell was listed as a player who will compete for snaps behind Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin, Ricky Henne of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: It shouldn't come as a surprise that Cantrell has garnered attention from the coaching staff, as the 2018 sixth-round pick was among the early standouts during his first training camp, only for a deep bone bruise to effectively end the rookie's inaugural campaign before it began. At 6-foot-3 and 226 pounds, Cantrell profiles as an effective option split out wide similar to that of Tyrell Williams before he jumped ship to the division-rival Raiders. Considering Keenan Allen ran 54 percent of his routes from the slot in 2018, Cantrell might also benefit as the lone man standing when it comes to effective outside weapons opposite Mike Williams, with both Travis Benjamin and Artavis Scott ideal inside targets. In any case, whoever eventually wins the No. 3 role will likely be the focal point of training camp and preseason, with a potentially intriguing target share in an up-tempo offense awaiting as the prize.
Cantrell has a path to significant playing time in 2019, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official website reports.
Analysis: The Chargers haven't signed a replacement for Tyrell Williams (Raiders) and could still release Travis Benjamin to free up $5.25 million in cap space. Even if Benjamin does stick around, there's no guarantee he operates as the No. 3 receiver, with Cantrell, Geremy Davis and Artavis Scott all capable of pushing for the role. Cantrell was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft and spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee during training camp. The 226-pound Texas Tech product finished top-three among wideouts at the 2018 combine in the three-cone drill, short shuttle, long shuttle, broad jump and long jump, but his 40-yard dash (4.59 seconds) and middling college production (1,873 receiving yards in 40 games) are far less encouraging.
The Chargers signed Cantrell (knee) from their practice squad Monday.
Analysis: Cantrell's spot on the 53-man roster comes following Los Angeles' decision to waive Joe Barksdale. The rookie sixth-round pick spent the beginning of the season on the Chargers' practice squad while nursing a bone bruise in his right knee. Cantrell could be worth monitoring in dynasty formats, but he's unlikely to earn a notable role in the Chargers' loaded receiver corps this season.
Cantrell (knee) was waived by the Chargers on Saturday, Ricky Henne of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Cantrell was bothered by a bone bruise in his right knee during the preseason, but he'll join the Chargers' practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster.
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