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5 Players That Will Help San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers Rebound in 2013

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5 Players That Will Help San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers Rebound in 2013

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The last two seasons for quarterback Philip Rivers have been forgettable to put it mildly. The same can be said for the San Diego Chargers as a whole, but Rivers in particular has been a huge disappointment. There are several factors involved for the upcoming 2013 campaign however that could lead to a serious rebound for the much maligned San Diego starter under center.

Rivers has been battered and bruised in recent years with very little time to survey the field and find open receivers. The offensive line is still a unit in flux, but the Bolts have to be optimistic that it can improve on a woeful 2012 that saw the team surrender 49 sacks as one of the NFL’s worst units. Of course having open receivers to throw to would certainly help that cause as well.

Injuries along with sub-par performances put the Chargers behind the eight ball last season as far as offensive weaponry is concerned. The team really lacked any difference makers on the offensive side of the football to help make Rivers’ job any easier. There is reason to believe that could take a turn for the better in the upcoming season as well.

Perhaps what is most worrisome about Rivers over the past two years has been the number of turnovers that he has committed. 2011 saw the QB throw 27 touchdowns with 20 interceptions and seven fumbles for an even split in scores to turnovers. Last year that number dipped even lower as Rivers actually turned the ball over with more frequency than he found the end zone with 26 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and a staggering 13 fumbles.

There are plenty of factors behind these disturbing numbers, but here are five players who will help Rivers and the Bolts have a rebound season in 2013.

Anthony Blake is a Senior Writer/Copy Editor for Rant Sports. You Can Follow Him on Twitter, on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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5. Ladarius Green

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This kid was a breakout candidate of mine last year as well, but now that Antonio Gates has another year of wear on him it could be Green’s time to shine. At 6’6” 240lbs., Green could turn out to be a Vincent Jackson type project with 4.53 speed in the 40-yard dash. Look for him to make an impact stretching defenses in 2013.

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4. Keenan Allen

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Arguably the steal of the draft, Allen is a reliable target that figures to make an immediate impact in San Diego. Third down will be a key area for him as he just has a knack for finding the void in coverage and getting open at crucial moments. With some hard work in the offseason program, Allen could quickly gain favor in the Bolts receiving corps.

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3. Robert Meachem

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I have been as hard on this guy as anyone, but it just seems hard to believe that things could get any worse for him in 2013. Meachem had numbers that rivaled his rookie season where he saw a very limited number of snaps. An injury prior to the year prevented him from gaining any rapport with Rivers last offseason as well. This year there is a new regime in charge, and there are no preconceived notions about his ability. Look for him to at least improve on a ridiculously disappointing season a year ago.

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2. Danny Woodhead

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Any quarterback’s best friend is a good running game. Ryan Mathews has been a perennial disappointment with injuries and fumblitis, so enter Danny Woodhead. His all-purpose ability is a very attractive feature to a San Diego offense that hasn’t gotten much out of the backfield since LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles left town. Look for Woodhead to really help Rivers out by making defenses respect the threat of the run.

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1. Vincent Brown

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2012 was supposed to be the breakout season for Brown, but an ugly ankle injury in the preseason kept him out for all of last year. Fully healed and ready to go, there’s no reason those expectations from a year ago can’t play out this season. He and Rivers had quite a rapport going leading up to last year, and that only figures to grow during this offseason. Brown may be the biggest sleeper in fantasy football leagues as well so keep this tip between you and me.

Anthony Blake is a Senior Writer/Copy Editor for Rant Sports. You Can Follow Him on Twitter, on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.