WR Dontrelle Inman - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-3, 205||Born: 1-31-1989||College: Virginia||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 1 vs IND (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Inman was recently re-signed to provide some depth in the receiving game. Despite Mike Williams leaving the game in the second half, Inman still wasn't really a featured part of the offense. He caught just one first half pass, showing nice hands on a ball that was thrown a bit behind him. But that was the extent of his involvement.
2018 Week 8 vs OAK (7 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)
Dontrelle Inman was Luck's favorite target in the first half but had a quiet second half. Inman made a 6 yard catch on the Colts first offensive play. Inman made an impressive catch on a bullet from Luck for 12 yards and a 3rd down conversion. Inman was targeted in the end zone from 8 yards out but physical coverage prevented the catch. Inman made an 8 yard catch working to get open as Luck scrambled for another 3rd down conversion. Inman made a 9 yard catch for another 3rd down conversion with Luck under pressure. Inman caught a deflected pas intended for Zach Pascal for 11 yards. Jack Doyle played well in his return from injury and tied for the team lead in catches with 6.
2018 Week 10 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Dontrelle Inman appears to have secured the role as the number 2 receiver on the Colts. Luck had shown faith in Inman and he has consistently made plays. Inman made his first catch underneath for a gain of 6. Inman made a contested catch for a 14 yard gain. Luck looked to Inman when he was under duress. Inman went low to make a nice catch over the middle for a gain of 16 yards on 3rd and 14.
2018 Week 11 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
Dontrelle Inman continues to look like the Colts second best wide receiver behind TY Hilton. Inman has shown the ability to connect with Luck within the structure of a play and outside of it. Luck also frequently looks to Inman on 3rd down. Inman made a physical play over the middle to secure a 12 yard catch on 3rd and short. Inman made a 6 yard catch working back to Luck running a comeback route. Inman got wide open running a quick out route for a gain on 9 on 3rd and 4. Inman continued to work to get open after being covered initially and Luck found him the back of the end zone for a 7 yard touchdown. Inman absorbed a big hit on the play but held on for the catch.
2018 Week 12 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Dontrelle Inman came wide open running a shallow crossing route and got up field for 22 yards. Inman picked up 11 yards running an in breaking route. Inman made a contested 7 yard catch over the middle on 3rd and 8.
2018 Week 13 vs JAX (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Dontrelle Inman dropped what would have been a great catch over the middle. Inman gained 8 yards running a comeback route out wide. Inman ran an in route for 6 yards.
2018 Week 16 vs NYG (5 / 4 / 46 / 1 rec)
Dontrelle Inman played very well and shoed his red zone prowess. Inman made his first catch underneath for 6 yards. Inman ran a curl route lined up in tight and secured a 2 yard touchdown form Luck. Inman made an outstanding contested back shoulder catch running down the seam for 29 yards. Inman dropped a slant that would have gone for a modest gain. Inman slipped a tackle running a comeback route for 9 yards. Inman drew a 7 yard pass interference penalty in the end zone on what likely would have been a touchdown.
2018 Week 17 vs TEN (6 / 5 / 77 / 1 rec)
Dontrelle Inman has locked up the number two receiver spot with his strong play. Inman has consistently made plays all over the field and has shown to have excellent chemistry with Luck. Inman picked up 24 yards running a deep comeback route with Wesley Woodyard in coverage. Inman secured a laser from Luck despite absorbing a hit for an 11 yard touchdown in the back of the end zone. Inman did well to work to get open as Luck scrambled. Inman made a 6 yard catch running a slant. Inman made an outstanding catch over his shoulder running a double move for 29 yards. Inman made another catch running a slant for 7 yards.
2018 Week 18 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 53 / 1 rec)
Dontrelle Inman looked outstanding against the Texans. Inman made the Texans secondary look bad on multiple occasions beating defenders easily. The connection between Inman and Luck should only get stronger going forward. Inman has been a lethal weapon in the red zone and that trend should continue. Inman made an unorthodox move running a comeback route to make two defenders miss and pick up 10 yards. Inman gained about 4 yards of separation running an out route against Kareem Jackson and made an easy catch for 21 yards. Inman burned Shareece Wright a few plays later for an 18 yard touchdown running a corner route. Inman again beat Jackson with ease and got behind him forcing Jackson to blatantly hold Inman drawing a 23 yard pass interference penalty.
2018 Week 19 vs KC (4 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Dontrelle Inman made a nice contested catch along the sideline running a comeback route for 12 yards but failed to get out of bounds in a 2 minute situation. Inman made a 13 yard catch running an out route a few plays later. Inman made catch running a slant for 10 yards. Inman made a 20 yard catch running an in breaking route over the middle.
2017 Week 4 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Inman was rarely looked at, with his only reception coming on a 7-yard crossing route to pick up a first down. With everyone healthy, he is no better than the seventh option in the passing game.
2017 Week 10 vs GB (8 / 6 / 88 / 0 rec)
Welcome to the Chicago Bears, Dontrelle Inman. The former Chargers wide receiver played a team-high 57 snaps, catching six balls on eight targets for 88 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Inman brings something new and different to this Bears' offense. Inman has that rare combination of size and speed. With more time on the field with Mitchell Trubisky, there's no reason to think Inman won't see between 7-10 targets a game, on par with many No. 1s in the league. He already looks like the best route runner on the squad; and there's no question that he gets more separation than any other pass catcher. Those two facts were entirely apparent against the Packers, especially in man coverage scenarios. It's hard not to drink the Inman Kool-Aid after seeing Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson (now gone) flop around out there all season. Inman goes for 7-114-1 next time out, you watch.
2017 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Inman wasn't a mainstay in the pass offense, but he had the catch to set up the game-tying field goal attempt and had another nice catch downfield when he came back to the ball to aid Trubisky.
2017 Week 12 vs PHI (9 / 4 / 64 / 0 rec)
Inman had two nice catches on third and long, one of which was good for a conversion on the team's only scoring drive of the day. He also had two catches on the final garbage time drive and was the most targeted receiver for the Bears in the loss.
2017 Week 13 vs SF (2 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)
Dontrelle Inman might be one of the few pieces on the Chicago Bears' roster who might live to see a contributing role next season. Inman, since coming over in a trade from San Diego, is the 2017 version of Cameron Meredith, just not as good. Inman, who was a No. 4/5 receiver for San Diego, serves as the Bears' No. 1 receiver. Opportunities are there for Inman, and if the rookie quarterback could get him the ball a bit more, the offense might be able to look a touch more explosive. Inman broke free from coverage to score the lone offensive touchdown for the Bears in Sunday's 15-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He finished the game with two catches on two targets for 21 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. Inman possesses the size and speed required to be a top-end receiver in the NFL. He simply doesn't possess the quarterback required at this stage of the game or season. If you're looking to take a flyer on a young pass catcher who have some unrecognized star potential, Inman might be that guy for you. The Trubisky-to-Inman connection needs to happen 10 times a game, not two times.
2017 Week 14 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After averaging five targets a game in his first four games as a Chicago Bear, Dontrelle Inman didn't see a single target in Sunday's 33-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Somewhat shocking, yes. Mitchell Trubisky attempted 32 passes on the day, and yet none of them went to Inman. While this is a bad thing for Inman fantasy owners, it might actually be a sign of what the Bears offense can look like with a somewhat respectable No. 1 option. Not that Inman is a No. 1; obviously he isn't. But his mere presence on the field, in four games of film leading up to Sunday against the Bengals, might have shifted the defense's approach to coverage to allow guys like Kendall Wright to catch 10 passes or Adam Shaheen to catch four passes. Looking for a silver lining here. Inman, more than likely, will be back to his usual targets next week. Don't fret.
2017 Week 17 vs MIN (10 / 5 / 94 / 0 rec)
Inman held his own against Xavier Rhodes, even drawing two penalties from the elite corner. He was responsible for the only first down on offense of the first half for the Bears, and in the second half, he had three downfield receptions to start drives that ended in Minnesota territory. He has made a strong case to be a top three receiver for the Bears if they decide to bring him back in free agency after being reasonably productive despite being brought in mid-season.
2016 Week 2 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Inman started across from Benjamin but he was rarely targeted, even when Woodhead went down with injury. He appeared to be playing 4th fiddle in the offense behind Benjamin, Williams, and Gates.
2016 Week 3 vs IND (4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Inman's role hasn't really changed a whole lot in the wake of the season-ending injury to Keenan Allen. He has seemingly been passed by Tyrell Williams in the pecking order, and caught just three relatively short passes in this one. He was very slow to get up after one such catch and was helped off the field by an official before jogging near the sideline. What appeared at first to be a possible concussion, actually turned out to be a contact lens issue. Inman returned to the game, and later added another reception.
2016 Week 4 vs NO (11 / 7 / 120 / 1 rec)
Inman entered the game having been overshadowed in the passing game by both Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams. But by game's end, Inman was staking his claim as the team's top passing game threat after leading San Diego in both targets and receptions. Inman was seemingly getting open at will, taking advantage of the very porous New Orleans secondary. Late in the first half, he got loose from the defense deep down the left sideline for a 57-yard touchdown, easily beating his coverage. In the second half, he showed good ball skills on a laser pass over the middle. Inman was leaning right, but the ball went left. He reached back and just plucked it out of mid-air before it got past him. He had a couple other nice grabs in traffic, one of which he went high in front of a defender to snare it for a first down and one on which he managed to hang on despite taking a big hit. Inman was targeted later on a floater from the 5-yard line, but was badly interfered with by the defender and he had no chance to catch it. Melvin Gordon scored from a yard out two plays later. On San Diego's last gasp drive, Inman was the target of a bullet pass down the right sideline on a 3rd and 22 prayer. He actually had the ball bounce off his hands, but replays appeared to show that the defender had barely gotten a finger on it that deflected the ball at the last second. The announcers said Inman should have caught it, but those kind of passes that are deflected right in front of you that change the trajectory of the ball are almost always impossible to corral.
2016 Week 5 vs OAK (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Inman was coming off a big game a week ago and had entered the conversation as a potential go-to receiver in San Diego. But he sunk deep into the background in this week's game plan, as he made a short sliding grab on an inside slant late in the first quarter. Aside from that, he was targeted on one deep ball where he ran into the defender just as the ball got there, and later allowed a ball to bounce off his fingertips on a crossing route. The focal points of the offense from Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Antonio Gates, and Hunter Henry, with Inman a clear afterthought.
2016 Week 6 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Inman has followed up his big breakout game with consecutive duds, as he once again caught just one ball in this game, a short pass to the right side on a second down pass play in the first half. His name wasn't called again.
2016 Week 7 vs ATL (6 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)
Inman has sort of settled into the background as the team's number three wideout, clearly behind both Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin in the pecking order. In this game, he did a really nice job with the targets he did see, picking up first downs on all of his receptions - one of which was a tough grab on a ball Rives threw away from his body that Inman managed to corral anyway.
2016 Week 8 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 72 / 0 rec)
With the emergence of Tyrell Williams, Inman has been relegated to an afterthought in the passing game. But with Williams coming in at less than 100% and the better defenders locked in on both Williams and Travis Benjamin, it presented an opportunity for Inman to do a little more work. Inman did most of his work on shorter routes, mostly inside curls and comeback type routes. He did haul in one nice play to convert a third down and subsequently end Rivers' 0-7 streak, and then a couple of plays later he ran a nice out and up route for 37 yards. Inman made a terrific adjustment to the ball by slipping inside the defender to bring it in.
2016 Week 9 vs TEN (9 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
With both Travis Benjamin and Hunter Henry hobbled coming into the game (Henry in fact did not play), it opened up an opportunity for another receiver to emerge. Enter Inman, who tied a team high with both his nine passing targets and his six receptions. He made some really tough catches in this one, all of them different types of passes too which showed his versatility. There was the quick sideline grab, a deep ball down the seam, a quick slant, all of which showed the full repertoire. He had one 15-yard reception negated by a holding penalty, although it should be noted that the catch probably wouldn't have happened without the hold. He had a chance to find the end zone in the first half. With Philip Rivers under heavy pressure, he had to release the ball sooner than he wanted to and didn't get a whole lot on it. Inman made a sliding attempt at the goal line to bring it in and actually had it in his hands momentarily, but just couldn't quite bring it in.
2016 Week 10 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)
With Travis Benjamin sidelined, Inman was clearly in line for some additional work. He definitely took advantage of the extra workload by tying a team high in receptions, although there wasn't a lot of room for him to operate after the catch. With Philip Rivers so inaccurate for much of the afternoon, the receivers weren't exactly in position to pick up big gains after the catch from the moment they caught the ball. That was most evident on Inman's receptions, who made several tough grabs on passes away from his body but then couldn't do much with them. His first catch of the game was a really tough sliding grab that he made on his back. He was falling away as the ball reached him, and to top it off the pass was underthrown. But he managed to get his hands under it and corral it for the early third down conversion. Inman saw one end zone target that actually could have gone for a score, but he was basically tackled with the ball still in the air. He most likely would have been able to bring it in for the touchdown, albeit with a tough catch. The flag was thrown on the play, setting up a first and goal for San Diego at the 1-yard line. Inman left the game on two occasions seemingly due to injury. The first was on a first half drop over the middle where he appeared to take a knee to the head. He was in on the next possession, however, so he seemed okay. Late in the game, he did a nice job on an in cut where he took an almost immediate huge hit from a defender which sent him to the sideline.
2016 Week 12 vs HOU (6 / 6 / 119 / 1 rec)
After a short grab early, Inman really made his presence felt shortly after with a 52-yard bomb for a touchdown where there were no defenders within ten yards of him. He ran a terrific double move head fake route, and the defender couldn't regroup to get back in coverage. Inman waltzed in for the easy score. He added a leaping grab over the middle, a really nice sliding catch along the sideline, and a strong comeback to convert a long third down (fighting to push forward for the extra yardage). But it was his last reception that showed his willingness to make the tough catch that really impressed. While Rivers ran for his life in the backfield, Inman never gave up on his route. He came back to the ball and took a hit that was so big it knocked his helmet off, but he managed to pick up 25 yards on the play. He was later checked for a concussion, but it was determined he hadn't suffered one and so will not be in the concussion protocol for next week.
2016 Week 13 vs TB (5 / 2 / 49 / 1 rec)
Inman hauled in a long 35-yard touchdown bomb down the left sideline early on. He shook free of his defender to get completely wide open, taking off the sideline, making one man miss, and then diving into the end zone to beat his original defender again for the score. His knee was very close to being down and might have actually been short of the end zone, but the replays were inconclusive. Later in the first half, he allowed a pass to bounce off his hands and was very nearly picked off. But he made up for that on the very next play with a tough fingertip grab while falling down on a crossing route. The pass was thrown high, but he managed to snag it. It had to be thrown high in order to get over the defense, so it was a nice job on both ends. Inman was the target on the last offensive play of the game for San Diego. With San Diego down seven, Philip Rivers tried forcing a pass to the end zone to Inman to tie the game, but it was horribly underthrown and easily intercepted by the defender to essentially seal the victory for Tampa.
2016 Week 14 vs CAR (7 / 6 / 71 / 1 rec)
Inman was the most productive receiver on the day for San Diego, continuing a trend that either he or Tyrell Williams ends up turning in WR1 type of production each week. The problem lately has become figuring out which of those players it will be in a given week. Inman was very quiet the entire first half, but made several tough grabs in the second. He made a nice stretch grab over the middle of the field, showing no fear in using full extension to bring in the pass. Soon after, he made one of the more impressive receptions of San Diego's season, and as an added bonus it went for a touchdown. Inman demonstrated terrific body control by first hauling in the pass, then kept one foot inbounds the whole time while dragging the other behind him. It was difficult to see whether the ball had actually crossed the plane of the goal line or not, but at worst it was a clear catch and out at the 1-yard line. But since it was initially ruled a touchdown, none of the replay angles could conclusively show that the ball did not cross the plane, so the score stood.
2016 Week 15 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Time and again, Inman was Philip Rivers' go-to guy whenever he needed a big conversion. Whether it was on the quick out routes or comeback routes, Inman seemed to be the only player on the offensive side of the ball for the Chargers who was able to get open with any consistency. While he didn't break any really huge gains in this one (his long gain was 26 yards), he nearly brought in a couple of deep sideline routes in the first half. The first was knocked away by the defender at the last moment, and the second saw him come down with one foot barely out of bounds. In the second half, he was the primary target on most third down situations. And he made a nice grab on that 26-yarder late in the game to get the ball inside the 10-yard line. He was dragged down a bit awkwardly, but was fine on the play. It was reported late in the game that de facto number on wideout Tyrell Williams was in the concussion protocol. Obviously it's a bit early to know his status for next week's game, but if Williams were to miss any time, it would stand to reason that Inman would clearly be the biggest beneficiary of the extra workload.
2016 Week 16 vs CLE (10 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec)
Inman has shown a lot of consistency in recent weeks and had seemingly become a favorite target of Philip Rivers over that time. And while he did see a fair share of looks in this game, he wasn't able to really break free. Most of his work was done on sideline out routes and passes underneath. He was sort of targeted a couple of times in the end zone, but both times the ball was rushed out due to Rivers being under duress and Inman wasn't really open anyway. His first catch of the game didn't even come until there was about a minute left in the first half. He did come close to a couple of second half receptions, one going for a drop, one getting reversed to an incompletion after the officials huddled up, and one a diving catch near the sideline that was overturned due to an offensive holding penalty on San Diego. Inman did add a nice diving reception for 19 yards on the very next play anyway, which at least helped offset the previous loss.
2016 Week 17 vs KC (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
With Tyrell Williams getting open almost at will over the middle of the field, and the team force-feeding the ball to Antonio Gates in the red zone, Inman's role shrunk quite a bit in this game. He had a handful of short catches, mostly near the sidelines, and one leaping grab at the 5-yard line before being pushed out of bounds. But for the most part, he was an afterthought in the game plan. He was seen on the ground after an incomplete sideline pass in the second half, but it was unclear what he had injured since it was away from the ball. He eventually came back in and actually converted a fourth down pass over the middle soon after.
2015 Week 4 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 88 / 0 rec)
Stevie Johnson left the game with an apparent hamstring injury, and Malcom Floyd exited with a concussion. That gave Inman the opportunity he needed to make an impact, which he has done nearly every time he has been asked to in his limited action over the past two seasons. This game would be no different, as Inman hauled in a terrific catch and run up the sideline for 68 yards to help set up a John Phillips touchdown. Inman himself came extremely close to scoring, but was just tripped up at the 1-yard line as he lunged towards the goal line for the attempted touchdown. That touchdown put the Chargers up by 8 and took a lot of the pressure off. It isn't necessarily fantasy-related in terms of direct point-scoring, but Inman also had a tremendous downfield block that sprung a 61-yard catch and run by running back Danny Woodhead. With the status of Floyd and Johnson unknown for next week and beyond, Inman's role moving forward is yet to be determined. But he certainly didn't do anything in this game that would hurt his chances of getting more action.
2015 Week 6 vs GB (7 / 3 / 18 / 1 rec)
Inman had an uneven performance. He did snag the team's first touchdown of the game, a key fourth down grab on a corner fade to end the first half. But in the second half, he failed to hold a key block that could have sprung tight end Antonio Gates for additional yardage. And finally, he miscommunicated with quarterback Philip Rivers on a back shoulder sideline pass. Inman continued to the end zone, but the ball was thrown behind him. If the defensive back had been able to hang onto the ball, it would have been a very easy interception. Instead, it was an incomplete pass. But it still illustrated Inman's lack of experience in the offense.
2015 Week 7 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
With Stevie Johnson's return to the lineup, Inman didn't see a lot of work. He caught a quick slant over the middle for a nice gain to pick up a first down late in the game for his biggest contribution of the afternoon.
2015 Week 8 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Inman had just one reception in the game, a key conversion of a third down pass play early in the second quarter that went for a first down. But despite both of the receiving tight ends playing at less than 100%, and Keenan Allen leaving after halftime due to injury, Inman wasn't any more involved in the gameplan than usual.
2015 Week 9 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
With injuries to Keenan Allen (and during this game, Malcom Floyd), Inman was called upon to play a bigger role for San Diego. It's difficult to make a complete assessment after one game, but the results were less than stellar. One of his first targets resulted in a wide open catch over the middle, but the ball was stripped away for a fumble while he was trying to get extra yardage. He late dropped a pass along the sideline late in the game (although he was bailed out by an offsides penalty). And he just struggled in general to gain any kind of separation against an underwhelming Chicago defense.
2015 Week 11 vs KC (5 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Inman turned in two pretty nice receptions in the game, but it was the one that got away that will haunt him. His first catch was a 17-yard grab on a third down pass play, showing nice hands along the sideline. He later made another nice hands catch on a ball thrown away from his body. And his third catch was over the middle, and featured some nice yards after the catch after breaking a few arm tackles. But he had a chance to bring in an easy catch on a third and long pass play. The ball was kind of wobbly, but it was still a very easy reception. The pass came late in the third quarter, and you could almost feel the dejection on the faces of the Chargers. The commentators mentioned how it was a microcosm of this game, and realistically it may apply to an entire season full of missed opportunities.
2015 Week 12 vs JAX (9 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec)
Inman filled the number two role very nicely behind Stevie Johnson in this game. He was making catches all over the field in the first half, and deferred to Johnson in the second half of play. Inman was targeted on an end zone fade from about the 2-yard line but the ball fell incomplete. Undeterred, Rivers went right back to Inman on the very next play. Inman ran a crossing route, beating his man with a leaping touchdown grab.
2015 Week 13 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Inman left the game with what appeared to be a serious head and/or neck injury in the first half. The play where it happened didn't look too bad on first viewing, as he went up high to make a nice 15-yard grab and then was tackled as he landed. But replays showed that the defenders head made contact with Inman's head, bending his neck at an awkward angle. He remained on the ground for a long time, and was strapped down and removed from the game on a cart. There were no visible signs of movement from Inman, not even the customary "thumbs up" that players typically give as they're leaving the field of play. No immediate update was given on his condition afterwards.
2015 Week 15 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 78 / 0 rec)
Inman, who missed last week's game after suffering a scary neck injury the week before, looked no worse for wear in this one. His first catch came early in the first quarter, getting wide open off of play action. He added a second catch going over the middle and skying to pick up the first down reception. he capped his productive day by beating his man down the sideline on a slant-and-go route. The defensive back tried cheating up and guessed wrong on the inside slant route, leaving Inman wide open for the big gain. The play ended up going for 33 yards before Inman was tackled down inside the 5-yard line.
2015 Week 16 vs OAK (13 / 8 / 82 / 1 rec)
Inman dominated the early portion of this game, getting open almots at will. He took an early quick slant down to the 1-foot line, coming extremely close to lunging over the goal line for the score. Shortly after, San Diego was knocking on the doorstep of the end zone. They ran almost a carbon copy of the earlier quick slant, and since they were closer to the end zone this time, Inman easily got in. He walked into the end zone untouched. Rivers and Inman converted the same play from the left side near midfield later in the half, and the play looked almost uncoverable. Curiously, they didn't run it again despite the early success. Instead, Inman was targeted on shorter routes over the middle. He never came close to scoring again, but he did show enough ability to get open that he was relied upon for a game high thirteen targets. He couldn't secure a perfectly-thrown ball to the sideline, allowing it to bounce right off his fingertips for the incompletion. And he couldn't bring in his lone deep target of the game, since there was good coverage on the play and the ball was a bit overthrown. But with Stevie Johnson and Keenan Allen both out with injuries, Inman did a reasonably solid job as the go-to receiver for one day at least.
2015 Week 17 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Inman was targeted on a deep ball on the opening drive, but it went nowhere as the pass was well overthrown. For most of the remainder of the game, he couldn't get any separation as he was swarmed by defenders any time the ball got anywhere near him. Late in the game, he made a handful of short receptions in the flat to keep drives moving. But it was his last catch that was his downfall. On a 3rd and 15, he caught a pass and tried to hurdle a defender in the open field. Unfortunately, he failed to clear him and he was hit awkwardly as he somersaulted. He left the field with some assistance, although under his own power, with what appeared to be a lower back injury of some sort.
2014 Week 16 vs SF (9 / 7 / 79 / 0 rec)
The unheralded Inman made a bit of a name for himself in the preseason, but hadn't gotten any play really until this game. With starting WR Keenan Allen out, the Chargers needed their other WR to collectively fill in. WR Seyi Ajirotutu got the first crack at that, but really didn't distinguish himself with several dropped passes in the first half. In the second half, it was Inman who not only saw the field but began seeing targets - a lot of them. He was thrown to a whopping nine times in the game, making several catches over the middle and showing exemplary hands in the process. On the team's game-tying drive, he converted two critical pass plays. The first was a third down reception where he just plucked the ball out of the air. The pass was off by several feet, but he was able to adjust to it on the fly. The other was even more important, hauling in a season-saving fourth down grab to put the Chargers in position for the tie. He made the catch in front of his defender, short of the first down. When the defensive back came up for the big hit, Inman spun off up the field and picked up the necessary yardage to convert the first down catch. San Diego scored shortly thereafter.
2014 Week 17 vs KC (8 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Inman, who had several key receptions last week to keep the season alive, dropped his first target in this game on a ball that hit him right in the hands. He wasn't thrown to again until after halftime, when his involvement picked up a bit. He runs very solid routes, which benefitted him in a game where most San Diego receivers had trouble gaining much separation and Rivers had trouble getting the ball down the field. Inman made an incredible, highlight-worthy reception when he dove low and to his right to haul in a short pass. He somehow got his fingertips around the ball and brought it in before it hit the ground, showing the kind of ball skills that enable the Chargers to look to the relatively inexperienced player in big spots with the season on the line. Late in the game, he made another terrific snag by leaping in the middle of a crowd of defenders to bring in a high pass from Rivers, and it would appear he has made enough of a late impact this season to at least get a look at having a role in the WR rotation in 2015.