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With three weeks of preseason play in the books there are not a ton of open spots left on the roster. Which offensive player will you be watching closely?Cole Thompson: Artavis Scott. Scott’s the ideal size for today’s slot receiver but may not have the ideal speed to be a full-time player. He does have some return ability skills that could save him from another year of roster cuts. His job isn’t safe heading into Thursday’s action like last season. He’ll need to show some improvement if he wants to make the final cut.Isaac Gutierrez: It’s Justin Jackson for me. All signs point to him being a victim of his own body and ending up being cut due to injury. It will be interesting to see what happens if he comes out and puts up a great performance in the last preseason game. The chances are slim Authentic Keenan Allen Jersey , but there’s still some hope for him.Jamie Hoyle: I can’t believe I’m the first to say this, but I’ll be watching Forrest Lamp on offense. He’s slated to play quite a bit and I’m anxious to see him in his first extended game action. I want to see him work at the second level and get a sense for how he holds up in pass protection. He’s honestly the only player on offense worth watching in the preseason finale because, quite frankly, I’ve seen enough of the rest of the backups along the offensive line and the skill positions are already set.Michael Peterson: I will be watching the tight ends. I wouldn’t be surprised to see all the tight ends play, especially the ones at the bottom of the depth chart as the coaches use this final game to see what they have after they’ve barely shown a thing in the first three games. Johnson, Hunt, and Hamm SHOULD play a lot, but we will see.Matthew Stanley: Since we got teased last week, I’ll be watching Forrest Lamp. The starting offensive line already looks fantastic and if Lamp even sort of lives up to the hype, adding him to the starting line ASAP would be amazing. Lamp hasn’t played in a game in almost 2 years so there will probably be some rust, but I’m more looking at how confidently he moves and how well he moves. It will also be interesting to see if they put him on a restricted snap count or if they really get him out there for a good chunk of time to see how he responds, especially considering he’ll have 10 days before the 1st game.Richard Wade: I’m on the same page as Hoyle and Stanley here. I cannot wait to watch Forrest Lamp. The possibility of him starting the season in the starting lineup is almost too good to be true and I will be watching him closely to see if he looks ready to be on the field. Louis Gorini: I hate to play copy cat but I am going to echo Matt’s responses [Editor’s Note: Who is Matt?]. On offense I am excited to see Lamp play. I just want to see how he performs in his first game in over 18 months. As long as he gets through the game without a set back and doesn’t looked overwhelmed then I will be more than thrilled.Garrett Sisti: Forrest Lamp and Justin Jackson will be the key attractions but Artavis Scott and Geremy Davis can each earn or lose a job tonight.Who will you be watching when the offense take the field?How the Chargers Can Replace Hunter Henry The Los Angeles Chargers lost tight end Hunter Henry for the season after he suffered a torn ACL in OTAs last Tuesday. This is a huge loss for the Chargers. Henry was a key part to their offense and would have been one of the most reliable targets for Philip Rivers. Henry caught 45 passes for 579 yards and found the end zone four times last season. Now, Los Angeles is in big trouble in the tight end department. Aside from Henry, Virgil Green is the only tight end on the roster who has recorded a catch in his career. And Green has never been much of a receiving threat, in his seven year career, he has accumulated just 807 receiving yards.The Chargers have to make a move or two to replace Henry’s production. Luckily, there are still a handful of appealing options Womens Virgil Green Jersey , and a well-known veteran who could rejoin his team.Option 1: The Return of Antonio GatesLos Angeles decided not to offer a contract to Antonio Gates this offseason, effectively ending the future Hall of Famer’s career. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him come back in 2018 after Henry’s injury.Yes, Gates is a shell of himself, but he was still semi-productive as the number two tight end last season as he racked up 316 yards on 30 catches. His familiarity with Rivers cannot be overstated and teams will always pay him close attention to him in the red zone. From a public relations standpoint, this is the move most fans want. Gates is a well-known name and has produced for almost 15 years. It was time for Henry to take over, but now that he is out of the picture this season, Gates may have one more run left in him.Option 2: The Free Agent MarketEven if the Bolts decide to bring back Gates, this option is still likely on the table. Gates alone won’t be able to handle all of the snaps, so pairing him with another free agent could be the move. There are still some intriguing names left on the market and with Rivers at quarterback, Los Angeles may be the perfect destination for potential career rejuvenation. Julius ThomasAt one point, Thomas was mentioned as one of the best tight ends in the league. He had tremendous success with the Denver Broncos where he made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2013 and 2014. Thomas then signed a massive deal with Jacksonville and has since been an afterthought. He may not be the player that he once was, but Thomas still has the ability to be a weapon in the passing game. Coby FleenerThe Saints released Fleener after suffering his fifth concussion of his career. Fleener signed a 5-year deal with New Orleans and has struggled with injuries of late. The 29-year-old has caught 255 passes for 3,080 yards in his career and has been a reliable target for Andrew Luck and Drew Brees. Arguably the most talented option on the market, Fleener’s injury history may force the Chargers to shy away from him. Brent Celek, Martellus Bennett, and Anthony FasanoA group of veteran tight ends that may be an option for the Chargers. Odds are, none of these names excite you. These guys probably won’t get much attention , but Los Angeles is in desperation mode and everyone should at least get some consideration.Option 3: Trades, Trades, and more Trades Rob GronkowskiThis would cause all hell to break loose. The rumors about Gronkowski’s future with the Patriots are well documented, but there doesn’t appear to be a link here. Gronkowski has a well-documented history with injuries and would cost a pretty penny not only in terms of draft capital, but he is due to make roughly $20 million over the next two seasons. Plus, Los Angeles’ general manager Tom Telesco hasn’t showed the willingness to trade draft picks and New England would ask for quite the haul if they were to trade Gronk. This would be a franchise altering deal and it seems the Patriots are moving ahead with Gronkowski anyway. Reports are that both sides have agreed to restructure his deal. Vernon DavisDavis has had the definition of a resurgence with Washington. After his career with the San Francisco 49ers went south, it appeared to be the end of the road for the two-time Pro Bowler.All of a sudden, he has become an important piece for a Redskins offense. Even so, he sits behind the talented, but oft-injured Jordan Reed. Davis snagged 87 passes for 1231 yards for Washington over the past two seasons. Los Angeles could not only get a viable pass catcher, but a veteran who could do some good in a win-now situation. Eric EbronA top-ten pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Ebron has yet to live up to the hype. Los Angeles may be willing to take a flyer on the UNC product in the hopes that Rivers can revive a disappointing career. The Colts just signed Ebron to a 2-year, $15 million deal back in March, but with Jack Doyle ahead of him on the depth chart, the Chargers could pry him away with a Draft pick. The trade market will be tough to maneuver at this point in the offseason, but it’s still an option for a team with nowhere else to turn.