The San Diego Chargers struggled during the 2012 season because they ranked 22nd in receiving yards, and 30th in yards per reception. A major reason why the team struggled was horrific play from former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem.
In 15 games, Meachem had 14 receptions, 207 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions. The latter two statistics were career lows for Meachem.
Meachem had knee surgery during the off-season last year, so maybe he can bounce back and have a productive 2013 season which San Diego will need if they cannot re-sign Danario Alexander.
Alexander led San Diego, and ranked 22nd in the NFL with an average of 66 receiving yards per game. Alexander played in 10 games, and his seven TD receptions were tied with Antonio Gates for the team lead. He was on pace for 1,053 receiving yards and 11 TD receptions if he played all 16 games with San Diego.
Malcom Floyd had 56 receptions in 14 games to go along with 814 receiving yards and five TD receptions. If Meachem bounces back and Alexander re-signs, this would give San Diego depth.
San Diego’s offense took a big blow when Vincent Jackson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year. Jackson led the NFL in 2012 with 19.2 yards per reception and ranked fifth with 1,384 receiving yards.
San Diego’s front office may not have the money to go after an elite wide receiver like Wes Welker in free agency because San Diego is $6.5 million under the salary cap. There would be more cap space if San Diego decides to release veterans like Jared Gaither and Eddie Royal, but only time will tell what happens to them.
The Lighting Bolts could have depth at wide receiver, and may be one receiver away from being a serious threat in every game which would take pressure away from a rushing attack that needs to improve.