Jalen Guyton

Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #9
Dallas Cowboys
Wide Receiver #9

Jalen Guyton News

Massive snap count yields little

Guyton (hamstring) finished the 2020 season with 28 receptions for 511 yards and three touchdowns across 16 games.

Analysis: The second-year wide receiver might be the perfect example as to why snap counts might not be a significant indicator for fantasy success. Despite playing the 12th most snaps of any wide receiver in 2020 and posting the third-highest average depth of target among wide receivers with at least 40-plus targets (16.0), Guyton was hardly a factor in his first season as a starter. Content to use the 23-year-old as blazing speed decoy and nothing more, Guyton caught three or more passes just three times all season, with two of those three coming in the final few games with Keenan Allen (hamstring/COVID-19) and Mike Williams (back) both sidelined. There's a distinct possibility Guyton could be even less of a focal point depending on how the Chargers change their offense in 2021. With Anthony Lynn now gone, a system that relied heavily on a speed threat to open up the field for numerous crossing routes could fall to the wayside, leaving Guyton possibly on the outside looking in when it comes to the No. 3 wide receiver role.

Jan 7, 2021 10:18 AM EST


Turns in full practice

Guyton (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Guyton's ability to take every rep Thursday clears the way for him to fill his typical starting role out wide for the Chargers in Sunday's game versus the Chiefs. Though Guyton has typically served as a secondary target for quarterback Justin Herbert this season, the receiver could be in store for a heightened role in the passing attack Week 17. No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring) has already been ruled out for the contest after landing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while top tight end Hunter Henry remains on the same list as of Thursday and is uncertain to gain clearance for the season finale.

Dec 31, 2020 2:16 PM EST



Limited session Wednesday

Guyton (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: With Keenan Allen (hamstring) seemingly trending toward another absence Sunday against the Chiefs, Guyton's Week 17 status gains import. If Allen ends up out and Guyton is cleared to play this weekend, he'd be taking aim at a Kansas City squad that's likely to be sitting or limited some of its key players, given that the team has clinched the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed.

Dec 30, 2020 2:46 PM EST


43 yards in win

Guyton caught three of his five targets for 43 yards in the 19-16 win Sunday over the Broncos.

Analysis: For a fourth consecutive week Guyton saw the most offensive snaps of any wide receiver, but the speedy wideout was once again used as a decoy despite Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Hunter Henry (reserve/COVID-19 list) ruled out ahead of the contest. The 23-year-old has risen from relative obscurity to tally at least 30 receiving yards in four of the last five games, but Guyton is simply a cursory cast member when considering the rest of the Chargers' dangerous receiving ensemble.

Dec 29, 2020 2:16 PM EST


Makes key grab in OT

Guyton brought in four of six targets for 91 yards in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime win over the Raiders on Thursday night. He also rushed once for four yards.

Analysis: On a night when both Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) were at least partly hobbled, Guyton took advantage of extra opportunity to post a career- and team-high yardage figure. The catch that propelled him to those accomplishments was the most critical of the game for Los Angeles, as it came in the form of a 53-yard grab on a post pattern with just 3:05 remaining in overtime and the Raiders holding a 27-24 lead. The play, which nearly resulted in a touchdown, ultimately set up a Justin Herbert one-yard game-winning scoring push into the end zone. Guyton had previously flashed this season with 72- and 84-yard showings in Weeks 4 and 7, respectively, and he'll look to continue a strong finish to the campaign in a Week 16 matchup against the Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 27.

Dec 17, 2020 9:57 PM EST



Almost invisible in win

Guyton caught just one of his three targets for eight yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Despite Mike Williams leaving Sunday's game early with a back injury, Guyton was a complete afterthought throughout the contest. Instead, second-year pro Tyron Johnson immediately filled the void to the tune of six receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown and he came up with the critical catch in the waning seconds to set up a game-winning 43-yard field goal. Both Williams and Keenan Allen (hamstring) were estimated as DNP's for Monday's practice although it remains to be seen if either injury is serious enough to keep them off the field Thursday against the Raiders. It's hard to envision the speedy wide receiver will really be used prominently in the offense unless both of the aforementioned star wideouts are unable to play.

Dec 15, 2020 10:42 AM EST


Season high in targets

Guyton caught two of his seven targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 45-0 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Quarterback Justin Herbert was pressured tremendously throughout this game which is likely why he looked to Guyton more times than ever before (seven targets). This matchup also marked Guyton's second time playing the most amount of offensive snaps (64), which was even more than Keenan Allen (62 snaps) and Mike Williams (59). The Chargers were unfortunately stumped in this blowout loss, but hopefully Guyton and the company can turn it around for next Sunday against the Falcons.

Dec 8, 2020 8:53 AM EST


Catches three passes

Guyton caught three of his four targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: It was unclear how Guyton would perform in this less-than-ideal matchup against the Bills, but surprisingly he played just as well as Mike Williams, both catching three receptions. The receiver also played in a similar number of offensive snaps (63) compared to Williams (67). Guyton successfully caught a 46-yard pass from Justin Herbert at the very end of the game, but a bogus offensive pass interference did not allow it to count. The speedy wideout has registered multiple receptions in just four games this season.

Dec 1, 2020 8:34 AM EST


Records one reception

Guyton caught his solo target for four yards in Sunday's 34-28 win against the Jets.

Analysis: After coming off of last week's season-high in receptions, Guyton surprisingly did not receive the same amount of opportunities in this matchup against the Jets. Guyton's limited opportunities (one target) were due to Keenan Allen's incredible performance, who tied for the most receptions in a single game in Chargers' history. Sunday's matchup against the Bills might make it difficult to give the 23-year-old more chances to be involved.

Nov 24, 2020 9:00 AM EST


Season-high in receptions

Guyton caught four of his six targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 29-21 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Sunday's matchup was a season-high in targets and receptions for Guyton. The receiver saw fewer snaps (44) than Mike Williams (48) but still managed to double his number of receptions. Credit the extra emphasis on Guyton to the Dolphins' dynamic cornerback duo, as both Byron Jones and Xavien Howard made things difficult for both Williams and Keenan Allen. While this was an unusually successful game for Guyton, the Chargers take on the Jets next week which might allow for another opportunity to thrive.

Nov 17, 2020 8:32 AM EST


Solo reception in loss

Guyton caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Guyton continues to be low on the pecking order with Mike Williams, Hunter Henry and Keenan Allen once again seeing many more targets. It's a bit surprising the 23-year-old hasn't found more targets considering he continues to see plenty of playing time (69 snaps Sunday, second behind Keenan Allen's 78), but so long as Guyton maintains his exclusive deep threat role, it'll be hard to roster him in fantasy leagues.

Nov 10, 2020 8:57 AM EST


Catches lone target

Guyton caught one of four targets for three yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss against the Broncos.

Analysis: Guyton finally saw more than three targets in a game but unfortunately only registered one in the third quarter for a mere three yards. The receiver has now caught a total of nine receptions for 261 yards, compared to the top two receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen, who have both seen more than double the amount of yards and receptions. The 23-year-old has continued to maintain the role as a deep-speed option and that most likely won't change next week when the Chargers face Oakland.

Nov 3, 2020 8:17 AM EST


Hauls in long TD in win

Guyton caught two of three targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 39-29 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: The second-year receiver has yet to see more than three targets in any game this season, but Guyton made his low volume count Sunday as he hauled in a pass down the sideline from Justin Herbert and turned it into a 70-yard score late in the third quarter, his third TD of the year. His role isn't likely to change any time soon, but Guyton will remain a deep threat and a DFS dart throw for Week 8's road game against the Broncos.

Oct 26, 2020 7:36 AM EST


Catches one pass

Guyton caught one of his three targets for 49 yards in Monday's 30-27 overtime loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Mike Williams (hamstring) returned from his one-week absence and had an excellent performance, scoring two touchdowns and catching five of his eight targets in comparison to Guyton's single catch. Guyton had the opportunity to shine after Keenan Allen (back) left the game in the first quarter due to a back injury, but the receiver had one stellar catch and that was about it. It's unclear what Allen's status will be moving forward, but he'll have time to heal over the Week 6 bye which likely hinders Guyton's fantasy stock when the team returns.

Oct 13, 2020 9:06 AM EST


Makes one reception count

Guyton secured his only target for a 72-yard touchdown in the Chargers' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Drawing a spot start in the No. 2 wideout role in place of Mike Williams (hamstring), Guyton was nearly a complete non-factor on the afternoon before breaking free on a post pattern late on the final play of the third quarter to erase a 28-24 deficit for the Chargers. The big scoring play gave those who streamed Guyton in season-long formats or utilized him as a DFS punt play something for their trouble, and it remains to be seen if the North Texas product will have another starting opportunity in Williams' stead in a Week 5 road matchup against the Saints.

Oct 4, 2020 2:37 PM EST


Catches two passes

Guyton caught two of his three targets for 23 yards in the 21-16 loss Sunday to the Panthers.

Analysis: Guyton didn't see much of a jump in targets even after Mike Williams left Sunday's game with a hamstring injury. That's to be expected considering Guyton is essentially meant to be a speedy distraction for opposing defenses. It's unclear what Williams' status will be for next Sunday, but expect the offense to funnel even more of its production through Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry in the event he was unable to play.

Sep 29, 2020 9:27 AM EST


First NFL touchdown

Guyton caught one of his two targets for a 14-yard touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Guyton celebrated his first NFL touchdown, but that's all there was to celebrate. Two games in and Guyton has been quiet, only seeing three targets on 91 snaps. The No. 3 wideout's role didn't change much despite rookie quarterback Justin Herbert receiving a spot start in place of the injured Tyrod Taylor (ribs), tallying just 14 yards and seeing one lone red-zone target. Contrast that to Keenan Allen (seven targets for 96 yards), Austin Ekeler (four for 55) and Hunter Henry (six for 88 yards), and it's clearly Guyton's simply not in a profitable fantasy situation.

Sep 22, 2020 8:46 AM EST


Snares only target

Guyton caught his lone target for 16 yards in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Bengals

Analysis: There was some thought Guyton could emerge as an intriguing speed option if Mike Williams were ruled out Sunday after spraining his shoulder, but the big-bodied wideout managed to power through, relegating Guyton to the No. 3 role. Much like Travis Benjamin in past seasons, Guyton simply acted as a speed threat through most of Sunday's game, only seeing one target and playing just under 65 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Don't expect much from the second-year wideout unless the Chargers suddenly decide to change his role.

Sep 15, 2020 8:40 AM EST


Still seeing starting snaps

Guyton continues to see first-team reps in practice, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: The injury to Mike Williams (shoulder) essentially assures that Guyton will be a starter for the team's offense at least early on, but that doesn't necessarily mean the speedster will see that many opportunities. After all, Travis Benjamin, who largely occupied the same projected role as Guyton will be to start 2020, caught just 18 passes over his last 17 games with the Chargers largely acting as a decoy deep threat. The Williams injury might allow for rookies like Joe Reed or K.J. Hill to pick up prominent snaps as the other outside wide receiver, but it's more likely a narrow Chargers passing tree just becomes smaller with an over-reliance on Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler and Hunter Henry projected until the big-bodied wideout returns.

Sep 1, 2020 1:44 PM EST


Seeing first-team reps

Guyton saw most of the first-team reps with the Chargers on Friday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: It's worth noting the Chargers have a desperate need for a No. 3 WR with Mike Williams solidified as an outside threat and Keenan Allen locked in for almost all of the slot work. Whoever ultimately ends up winning that job would be expected to play opposite of Williams on the outside which is why Guyton's speed, clocked at an unofficial 4.35 at North Texas' pro day, makes for an intriguing option if for no other reason than to act as a dangerous decoy. Manzano did note Guyton's struggles as a starter, highlighting the play of K.J. Hill as the biggest standout during the opening week of Chargers training camp. Hill, and 2020 fifth-round pick Joe Reed, don't possess the type of speed that Guyton has so it'll be interesting to see whether the Chargers value the specific skillset or simply the more well-rounded player.

Aug 22, 2020 10:18 AM EST


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