While matching the production of one of the NFL's best young tight ends is no small feat, the league's reigning No. 1 passing attack has options.
Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt joined Thursday's episode of Chargers Weekly and said the team is evaluating different ways to fill the void of Hunter Henry, who suffered a torn ACL during organized team activities. Whether it's playing with more receivers, relying on pass-catching running backs, or having another tight end emerge, the Bolts' OC likes the unselfishness and flexibility of his group.
"One of the things that we've done really well is we've put guys in a lot of different positions," Whisenhunt said. "And that's a stress on them mentally and physically, but it's a process that you go through."
The Chargers could take advantage of a healthy Mike Williams by using more four-receiver sets in 2018 -- something Whisenhunt said they did at times last season. Pro Bowl wide receiver Keenan Allen's versatility also gives the group options.
Running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler have both proven to be reliable passing options out of the backfield, too. Gordon caught a career-high 58 balls for 476 yards and four touchdowns in 2017. Ekeler chipped in with 27 catches for 279 yards and three touchdowns.
At tight end, Whisenhunt said a lot will depend on who flashes during the first two weeks of training camp and beyond.
"Preseason games are going to be a big part of that," Whisenhunt said. "Is there going to be somebody at the tight end position that's going to be able to help fill that gap?"