Vincent Jackson led the San Diego Chargers in receiving yards in 2008, 2009 and 2011 while he led the team in receiving yards and touchdown receptions in 2009 and 2011. Jackson signed a five year deal during the off-season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Malcom Floyd led the team in receiving yards per game in 2011 and led the NFL in yards per reception. Jackson missed 11 games in 2010 when San Diego tight end Antonio Gates led the team in receiving yards and TD receptions. Gates missed six games in 2010 and three games last season while Floyd missed five games in 2010 and four games last season.
San Diego signed Robert Meachem to a four year deal on March 13, 2012. Meachem had knee surgery during the off-season and had not shown signs of any problems with his right knee until he left practice last night. While head coach Norv Turner believes that Meachem will be fine, it has to be a concern when someone leaves with an injury to a joint that he had surgery on.
Eddie Royal also missed practice and is coming off of a season in which he missed four games with an injury. Roscoe Parrish missed eight games in 2010, 14 games in 2011 and never had more than 35 receptions, 400 yards or two TD receptions in a season. Vincent Brown was the team’s third round pick in 2011 and he missed four games last season, but he could have a bigger role in 2012.
Terrell Owens is a free agent and although he was a cancer on three of his teams prior to playing for the Buffalo Bills in 2009 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010, he was not a problem on either team. Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo do not have the dominant personality of San Diego’s quarterback Philip Rivers, so he is mentally tough enough to be Owens’ QB. San Diego could try to sign Owens to a cheap one year deal, and if he became a problem, the team could get rid of him. Owens tore his ACL in 2011 after he had 55 receptions, 829 yards and five TD receptions in 2009 as well as 72 receptions, 983 yards and nine TD receptions in 2010. Owens would be a low risk/high reward guy who San Diego should think about due to the lack of experience their receivers have as number two options.