One area of the San Diego Chargers that has been highlighted during the course of the season’s first half is the receiver position and the lack of weapons that the team possesses. For at least one contest, the Bolts put those thoughts to rest after adding some additional threats to their arsenal. These players may not seem like the type that will have an immediate and lasting impact, but they did against the Kansas City Chiefs and will continue to be a factor during the playoff push.
The first player added is a familiar face around San Diego in Seyi Ajirotutu. He was a relative unknown out of Fresno State and joined the Chargers organization after going undrafted. At 6’3” 211lbs, there is nothing overwhelming about Ajirotutu physically, but he just has a knack for getting open and making his opportunities count when the ball comes his way. Quarterback Philip Rivers hooked up with him for two scores during his first stint with the Bolts in 2010 and after a year away, he rejoined the team and very little has changed with their rapport.
Danario Alexander is the other target that the team added to reinforce their receiving corps and the former member of the St. Louis Rams showed just how gifted he is. Potential is off the charts for Alexander at 6’5” and he brings more size to an already tall group of pass catchers. He had a difficult time staying healthy with the Rams and that was the primary reason he was let go prior to the 2012 season. Alexander caught three balls for a team-high 61 yards against the Chiefs and Head Coach Norv Turner says that is just the beginning.
Following the game, Turner said: “Danario’s going to play. We’re going to play him. He’s going to be a big part of what we do. He earned that right last night. It gives us another guy, and we can roll them and keep them fresh and use all the guys we have.” Both Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal missed the game with the Chiefs, but it sounds like the team plans to have a variety of options active for the remainder of the season in the passing game.
For Rivers and the Chargers, the problem this season has been really difficult to pinpoint. Sometimes it seems like Rivers doesn’t have enough talent around him on the field and other times it just looks like he too is a bit lost. At any rate, having additional weapons at his disposal for the rest of the year certainly won’t hurt and should add that extra dimensional to the offense that the club has been missing so far in 2012.
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