While it should be seen as a real positive step that the San Diego Chargers have now found more reliable weapons at the wide receiver position, the one problem with that fact is that someone will have to see less playing time. Given the way things have gone thus far in 2012 that might mean sitting Robert Meachcem and Eddie Royal (both high-profile signings this off-season) in favor of some different faces in the weeks ahead.
Hear me out.
General Manager A.J. Smith threw a bunch of money at Meachem and Royal this off-season due to the departure of big-play wideout Vincent Jackson. Both have woefully underperformed those contracts and granted injuries have played a part in those problems, but if players aren’t producing on Sundays a new recipe should be used.
One truly indicting stat of Meachem so far during his time with the Bolts is that quarterback Philip Rivers has targeted him 29 times this year, but only 12 of those passes have been caught. Obviously a few of those are on Rivers, but that is just a 41.4 percent reception rate. Royal hasn’t fared much better.
Clearly this is a reactionary league and the fact that both Danario Alexander and Seyi Ajirotutu fit in so well right away with this offense is troubling for Meachem and Royal. Right now it would be difficult to justify giving the playing time to the two highest paid receivers on the club in favor of the two lowest paid players. Those dollars and cents just don’t add up.
For now the Bolts just need to play the hot hands, but if this continues throughout the remainder of the season, errors like this could ultimately cost GM Smith his job. Both he and Head Coach Norv Turner are already on the hot seat and are a package deal with the team. Clearly he is feeling enough heat with the team’s mediocre record at this point, but personnel blunders of this magnitude will only further stoke the fire.
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