The San Diego Chargers are being exposed at the WR position

By Kenny Gardner
Robert Meachem San Diego Chargers
Jake Roth-US Presswire

When Vincent Jackson left the San Diego Chargers and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I knew that San Diego was in trouble at the wide receiver position.

Jackson led San Diego with 1,098 receiving yards in 2008, led San Diego with 1,167 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions in 2009 and led San Diego with 1,106 receiving yards and nine TD receptions last season.

San Diego was left with the injury prone, but talented Malcom Floyd who led San Diego in receiving yards per game last season and Robert Meachem as San Diego’s primary options at the WR position.

Floyd is averaging about 70 receiving yards per game which is slightly behind his average of 71 yards per game last season while Meachem has been a flat out disappointment thus far in 2012.

Meachem averages about 32 receiving yards per game which ranks fifth on the team and 112th among NFL players.

Meachem’s average salary of $6.5 million ranks fourth on San Diego’s roster which makes his season more of a disappointment so far.

Meachem is on pace for his worst season since he was a rookie in 2008 with the New Orleans Saints.

In seven plus seasons with San Diego, Floyd played in all 16 regular season games one time, so an injury could be coming soon.

While Floyd is on pace for a career high 1,115 receiving yards, he is also on pace for three TD receptions.

As a team, San Diego ranked sixth in receptions, sixth in receiving yards per game and 10th in yards per reception last season.

San Diego ranks 18th in receptions, 18th in receiving yards per game and 28th in yards per reception this season.

Jackson is averaging 98 receiving yards per game with Tampa compared to Floyd who leads San Diego with 70 yards per game.

Jackson has five TD receptions compared to Meachem who leads San Diego’s wide receivers with two.

San Diego’s next game is against the Cleveland Browns.  Cleveland surrenders 7.2 yards per pass attempt which ranks 14th in the league.  The Lightning Bolts need to see improvements from their receivers at some point in 2012.




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