It’s hard to find many real positives from the San Diego Chargers’ loss in Week 5 to their division rivals. The Oakland Raiders outplayed the Bolts in every phase of the game and won the turnover battle five to zero which only further underscores the one-sidedness of the affair. But instead of dwelling on the negatives let’s focus in on an area where the Chargers actually saw some cause for positivity.
If there was an optimistic takeaway from a San Diego perspective on Sunday night, their receiving corps definitely takes that distinction. The Chargers saw two wideouts eclipse the 100-yard mark with rookie Keenan Allen and the still young Vincent Brown showing out in the loss. Quarterback Philip Rivers made his fair share of mistakes, but he also threw some dimes to these guys who proved more than capable of coming through when called upon.
With Allen at just 21 and Brown only 24 years of age, the team’s future at receiver appears to be in good shape. That wouldn’t have seemed like a possibility with both top wideout Danario Alexander (ACL) and No. 2 veteran Malcom Floyd (neck) out for the year on IR. Fortunately Allen is proving to be an absolute steal from the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and Brown has shown no ill-effects after missing all of last season with a broken ankle following his stellar rookie showing in 2011.
The numbers were obviously impressive with Brown going for eight receptions that accumulated 117 yards while Allen hauled in six passes for 115 yards in just his fifth career NFL game. What’s even more exciting for the Chargers is that these two were slated to be the team’s third and fourth receivers respectively coming into the season. Depth may not be a strong suit for San Diego at many areas this year, but receiver appears to be the exception to the rule.
Rivers will only gain more trust in these two as they continue to step up and perform for the remainder of the season with the Bolts. Both guys will obviously be playing a huge role with this team into the future given their youth, and that has to be a reason for optimism if you are a Charger fan.