Jalen Guyton

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

Jalen Guyton News

Signs exclusive rights tender

Guyton officially signed his exclusive rights free agent tender Tuesday and will remain with the Chargers this coming season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Guyton will remain with the Chargers for at least one more season after agreeing to sign the contract tender extended by the team in March. The fourth-year wideout finished last season as Los Angeles' third-leading receiver in terms of receiving yards with 31 receptions for 448 yards and three touchdowns. Beyond competing for reps as the Chargers' third receiver heading into this coming season, Guyton could also look to contribute in the return game as the team has not re-signed last season's primary returner Andre Roberts.

Apr 12, 2022 2:10 PM EST

To receive contract tender

The Chargers are slated to extend a contract tender to Guyton, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: As a result, Guyton -- an exclusive rights free agent -- is poised to reclaim his role in the Chargers offense in 2022. The 24-year-old is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he logged 31 catches (on 48 targets) for 448 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. This coming season Guyton will continue to work behind the team's top pass-catching options, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, while competing with Joshua Palmer and possibly others for No. 3 wideout reps.

Mar 11, 2022 3:00 PM EST

Excels in final game

Guyton caught six of his nine targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 35-32 loss to the Raiders. The third-year wide receiver finished the season with 31 receptions for 448 yards and three touchdowns.

Analysis: It took until the final game of the season, but Guyton finally had a solid line recording season highs in receptions and targets while tallying his third game with at least 50 receiving yards in the last five contests. Part of that extra volume was just due to the Chargers furiously attempting a double-digit fourth quarter comeback, but it underscores what has been an encouraging month of December for Guyton after what looked liked a failed season for the second-year starter. That being said, it's hard to have much optimism moving forward for Guyton, who under the Anthony Lynn last season saw an absurd number of snaps only for Joe Lombardi's scheme to effectively neutralize the speedster in 2021. The emergence of rookie third-round pick Joshua Palmer also factored into Guyton's downturn as the duo essentially split reps as the No. 3 pass catcher by the end of October. A restricted free agent this offseason, expect Guyton to be retained on a short-term deal as a depth piece capable of starting if pressed into action.

Jan 13, 2022 7:29 AM EST

Catches two passes in win

Guyton caught both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Guyton and teammate Joshua Palmer shared the Chargers' No. 3 receiver role with Mike Williams activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Guyton played on 32 of the Broncos' 67 snaps, while Palmer played just one fewer. Nonetheless, Guyton was not much of a factor in the contest. The 24-year-old will be hard to trust in a Week 18 matchup with the Raiders as long as Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are healthy and continue to absorb targets from Justin Herbert.

Jan 5, 2022 5:44 AM EST

Poised for No. 3 receiver role

Guyton and Joshua Palmer are expected to share the Chargers' No. 3 receiver role Sunday against the Broncos after Mike Williams (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Gavino Borquez of USA Today reports.

Analysis: While both Williams and Guyton were on the list last week, Palmer stepped in as the No. 2 wideout behind Keenan Allen and played a whopping 98 percent of the Chargers' offensive snaps and finished with a 5-43-1 receiving line on six targets in a 41-29 loss to the Texans. After Guyton was activated from the list Wednesday, both he and Palmer looked poised to have regular spots in three-receiver sets this weekend, but Williams' reinstatement Thursday will close the door on that possibility. Before testing positive for the virus and sitting out against the Texans, Guyton hovered between 35 and 60 percent snap shares in each of the Chargers' first eight games after a Week 7 bye while averaging just 2.4 targets per contest.

Dec 31, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Activated from COVID-19 list

Guyton (illness) was activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Sunday, per the NFL transactions log.

Analysis: Guyton missed last week's loss to Houston but has been cleared with plenty of time to spare before Sunday's game against the Broncos, which will allow him to get up to speed in practice. Mike Williams is still in COVID-19 protocols, and while there's still a chance Williams will return this week as well, Guyton would work as the No. 2 wide receiver behind Keenan Allen if Williams remains sidelined.

Dec 29, 2021 2:23 PM EST

On track to come off COVID list

Guyton (illness) is in line to come off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The move is slated to become official later Wednesday, setting the stage for Guyton to return to action in Week 17. Meanwhile, under the NFL's updated COVID protocols, fellow wideout Mike Williams (illness) has a chance to come off the reserve-COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Broncos as well.

Dec 29, 2021 11:56 AM EST

Not cleared for Week 16

The Chargers didn't activate Guyton (illness) from the reserve-COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Texans, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With fellow wideout Mike Williams also having been placed on the list, Joshua Palmer now has an opportunity to serve as the Chargers' No. 2 wideout behind Keenan Allen until Guyton and Williams clear the NFL's COVID protocols.

Dec 25, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Lands on COVID list

Guyton (undisclosed) has been placed on the reserve-COVID-19 list, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Guyton joins a growing list of Chargers on the list and if he's unable to gain clearance to play Sunday against the Texans, Joshua Palmer would be a candidate for added snaps alongside Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

Dec 22, 2021 2:01 PM EST

Tallies another score

Guyton snared both of his targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in the 34-28 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday.

Analysis: With both Mike Williams (heel) and Keenan Allen (COVID-19) back and healthy, Guyton's role predictably reverted back to his rest-of-season figures, but the speedy target did manage to snag his third consecutive touchdown thanks to a short red-zone pass. It's hard to imagine Guyton, who had back-to-back games with at least 87 yards and a touchdown prior to Thursday, will emerge as a key piece in Los Angeles' passing attack, but it's clear Justin Herbert has developed a bit of budding confidence in the second-year wideout which should help the offense as a whole.

Dec 17, 2021 7:20 AM EST

Shines in win

Guyton caught all three of his targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in the 37-21 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: After a disappointing start to the season in which the wideout did not record a touchdown through 12 weeks, Guyton has had back to back strong games with at least 87-plus yards and a touchdown. The 24-year-old has shined as the Chargers' deep threat option, catching a 59-yard touchdown pass and a 44-yard touchdown pass in back to back weeks. The wideout's deep ball ability has opened up a lot of offensive production underneath as defenses have now started to worry about the long pass. In the absence of star wide receiver Keenan Allen (COVID-19), Guyton, along with Joshua Palmer, have stepped up to keep Los Angeles's high-powered offense going.

Dec 14, 2021 8:16 AM EST

First TD of 2021

Guyton caught all four of his targets for 90 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-22 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Guyton made an impressive 44-yard catch against man coverage, coming down with a nifty jump ball for his first score of the 2021 season. The rarely utilized wide receiver also saw his most targets since Week 6, capitalizing on quarterback Justin Herbert's willingness to spread the ball around Sunday. Don't expect Guyton to emerge as a crucial target most weeks as the Chargers have become heavily dependent on a narrow target tree of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler.

Dec 5, 2021 3:44 PM EST

Grabs key catch on fourth down

Guyton caught two of his three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: The Chargers never managed to gain much traction against a stifling Broncos defense, but Guyton did help the team with a critical 15-yard catch-and-run on fourth-and-four nearing the end of the third quarter. The drive ultimately ended thanks to an ill-timed interception, but that reception was arguably one of Guyton's lone highlights of the season to date. The speed threat now has back to back games playing at least 50 percent of the offensive snaps, but the extra workload predictably hasn't generated extra fantasy volume as the Chargers' narrow target tree hasn't included the third-year wideout.

Nov 29, 2021 9:44 AM EST

18-yard catch in win

Guyton caught one of two targets for 18 yards while also carrying the ball once for two yards in Sunday night's 41-37 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Guyton has not had a game with more than one catch since the Week 5 contest against the Browns. However, the receiver has recorded a catch of at least 15-plus yards in five of his last six games. After splitting a lot of the third wide receiver role last week, Guyton out-snapped Josh Palmer 41 to 23 Sunday night.

Nov 23, 2021 1:00 PM EST

Zero catches in loss

Guyton did not catch a pass on just one target in Sunday's 27-20 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Guyton's disappointing season continues as he was unable to catch a pass for the second time this season. The 24-year-old was only on the field for 31 percent of offensive snaps, a number significantly less than his season average. Not only did the young receiver put up nothing offensively, but Josh Palmer, his main competition for the No. 3 wide receiver spot, caught three passes for 22 yards. Look for Guyton's workload to continue to decrease as he splits offensive snaps with Palmer.

Nov 16, 2021 10:24 AM EST

One catch in win

Guyton caught one of two of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles 27-24.

Analysis: As the No. 3 wide receiver, Guyton has not been targeted much this season. It's a bit concerning that the speedy wide receiver saw his snap share dip coinciding with rookie Josh Palmer taking a small jump in playing time, but neither did much with the Chargers' trio of tight ends all putting together positive outings. It's possible Palmer's development as a prospect could push for a more even playing-time split over the coming weeks, but neither figures to see enough volume to be fantasy relevant.

Nov 9, 2021 10:08 AM EST

Hardly utilized in loss

Guyton caught one of his two targets for 18 yards in the 27-24 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.

Analysis: Guyton now has one or fewer catches in four of the last five games after emerging as the No. 3 wide receiver to begin the season. Primarily a run blocker and speed decoy, Guyton will see plenty of playing time any given game, but it's hardly useful for fantasy purposes.

Nov 1, 2021 8:32 PM EST

Incredibly inefficient in loss

Guyton caught just one of his five targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 34-6 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: For the first time all season the Chargers passing attack, particularly Mike Williams and Keenan Allen, was completely stifled which allowed for Guyton to get an usually high five targets. The lack of efficiency with those those opportunities likely has more to do with numerous uncatchable passes thrown by Justin Herbert and less of an indictment on Guyton, but it's obviously a difficult line nevertheless. The Chargers will lick their wounds heading into a Week 7 bye before returning to play Oct. 31 against the Patriots.

Oct 20, 2021 5:10 AM EST

Critical catch in win

Guyton tallied two receptions (on three targets) for 35 yards in Sunday's 47-42 win over the Browns.

Analysis: Guyton continues to see plenty of snaps but simply hasn't been a major factor. Known more for his speed rather than his strength, Guyton showcased the latter on a nifty 21-yard reception in the second half, but was otherwise hardly used. Given the Chargers' narrow passing tree, it's hard to imagine Guyton emerging as a reliable fantasy option most weeks.

Oct 10, 2021 6:47 PM EST

Does little in win

Guyton caught one of his two targets for nine yards and also registered two carries for 20 yards in the 28-14 win over the Raiders on Monday.

Analysis: Guyton once again saw a healthy 42 offensive snaps whereas No. 4 wideout, Josh Palmer, saw a paltry seven total, but the speedy option once again did little with the playing time. After seeing five targets in Week 1, Guyton has more carries (four) than catches (three) over the last three weeks, essentially reverting back to his 2020 days as an offensive decoy.

Oct 5, 2021 11:45 AM EST

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