NFL San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers Must Run Ball Better To Make Up For Lack Of WR Depth

Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead

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The San Diego Chargers finished the 2012 NFL season ranked 22nd in receiving yards, 27th in rushing yards, 30th in yards per reception and 31st in yards per rushing attempt. San Diego lacks depth at wide receiver and needs to run the ball better to make up for it.

Former St. Louis Rams WR Danario Alexander ranked third in the league with an average of 18 yards per reception last year. Alexander led San Diego in receiving yards per game and was tied with Antonio Gates for the team lead in touchdown receptions, but he tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2013 season.

Malcom Floyd led San Diego in receiving yards last year, but he has a history of injury problems, which is why he played in all 16 games one time in eight years.

Former New Orleans Saints WR Robert Meachem is one of the few San Diego receivers with NFL experience that could see playing time and does not have multiple seasons with injuries going back to his collegiate career. However, Meachem had his worst season as a pro in 2012 when he posted career lows with 207 receiving yards and two TD receptions.

Vincent Brown could be a standout at WR, but he has multiple seasons with injury problems going back to his days in college.

San Diego’s ability to run the ball will depend on Ryan Mathews. After Mathews made the Pro Bowl in 2011 when he ranked 12th in the NFL with 78 rushing yards per game and 12th in yards per rushing attempt, he ranked 23rd in yards per game and 32nd in yards per attempt last year. Mathews can have another Pro Bowl season, which San Diego needs if they are going to have success in 2013.

The Lighting Bolts also signed former New England Patriots RB Danny Woodhead, who should take some pressure away from Mathews this year. Woodhead averages about five yards per rushing attempt in his career and had the same amount of rushing touchdowns as San Diego in 2012.

San Diego’s offense was weak in receiving and rushing last year, but there are no receivers on San Diego’s roster that made a Pro Bowl in their careers. I expect the rushing attack to be more effective than San Diego’s receivers in 2013.