Signing More Receivers is Not a Solution for the San Diego Chargers
Many are adamant that the San Diego Chargers need to add more weapons on offense if they want to improve in 2013 and provide quarterback Philip Rivers with enough playmakers to score points. Most are infatuated with the big names hitting the free agent market at wide receiver like Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, Wes Welker, and even Danny Amendola. Here is a different perspective that says the Bolts have all of the wide receivers they need in house already if they can just learn to protect Rivers better.
Looking at the projected depth chart even before free agency and the NFL Draft proves that the Bolts have more than enough firepower on the outside to put up points in bunches. Danario Alexander was an instant success in the San Diego offense with Rivers finding him in a variety of different situations successfully. Malcom Floyd again missed his typical two games on the year as he has only been healthy for all 16 once in his career with the Chargers. Vincent Brown will return after missing all of last season with a broken ankle in the preseason and he was projected to be a breakout player a year ago.
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What is perhaps the most unfeasible about the idea of adding another big budget free agent into the mix this offseason is the fact that the Bolts just did that 12 months ago. Robert Meachem has been a complete bust for this team so far and will have this upcoming season to prove he still even deserves a roster spot beyond 2013. If his contract weren’t so massive, the team would likely consider cutting bait with him right now. For Eddie Royal, the same can be said and it wouldn’t be surprising if the club did cut him prior to free agency.
This year though, all of the guys hitting the market have an obvious flaw. Jennings is aging and has had multiple injury issues, Welker is getting up there in age and is a one-dimensional underneath target, Wallace is a speedster with one gear and no intermediate game, and Amendola has proven fragile as well along with being a primarily dink and dunk target.
From my perspective, the best solution is to just roll with what you’ve got if you’re the Chargers. San Diego is limited in cap space as it is and trying to fix holes that aren’t there would only add to those issues. If the team really wants to find a deep threat receiver or an underneath specialist, the mid-rounds of the draft would be the wise place to look. Vincent Brown was a third rounder two years ago and he has loads of potential. It’s more than possible to find gems in the middle to later rounds of the draft with much lower price tags.
If the goal is to score more points in 2013, the way to achieve that is not by adding more receivers. Keeping Rivers upright in a sound pocket is the best way to light up the scoreboard. That means adding more healthy, capable bodies to the offensive line rather than expensive targets to throw to. Even the fastest sports car is rendered useless if the engine blows on the starting line.
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