Who Will Be The San Diego Chargers Number 1 Receiver?

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With Vincent Jackson packing up his bags and heading out to the humidity in Florida, who is going to be the number 1 receiver in the Chargers offense?

Malcom Floyd tried to take over that role a couple of seasons ago when Vincent was pouting at home about not getting a big time contract. He stepped in nicely, but he tends to land funny when he goes up in the air  for some grabs. He has the ability to be the number 1 guy, but he has to stay on the field. He finished last season hitting  the 100 yard mark in 4 games, but he had to sit out in 4 games and had to be taken out early in others. We lost all 4 games that he was sitting on the sideline with the ballcap on.

Robert Meachem was brought over from N’awlins and will immediately be thrown into the starting lineup to fill the hole that VJ left. We don’t know what he will be able to provide as the starter, but we know that he has a nice upside. He has shown the ability to get open deep down the field with the Saints and will be asked to do more things as the starter here. He has only hit that 100-yard mark in five games over his career, but he should be getting more opportunities to do that as a focal point in the offense.

M80 and Meach will work really nice in the offense, but neither of them are going to be the number 1 receiver on this team. The number 1 guy is the same person that it has always been: TE Antonio Gates.

Gates has moved to  second in the league among active players for career touchdown receptions behind Tony Gonzalez. He is our biggest Red Zone threat and our biggest threat on 3rd down. Injuries have slowed him down the last couple of seasons, but he still can shake linebackers and find ways to get open. He plans to be back at full speed this season and figures to be a huge part of the offense.

Topics: Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd, Robert Meahem

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  • BrandonReisinger

    Floyd: 1150 yds 11 TDS
    Gates: 1095 yds 9 TDS
    Meachem: 1050 Yds 9 TDS
    Brown: 575 Yds 4 TDS
    Royal: 495 Yds 5 TDS
    Assuming everyone stays healthy all season!! I think Gates is going to have a HUGE year with all these guys blowing the top off of opposing defenses. Also would like to point out that if my prediction comes to fruition Rivers would have 5700+ Yds when you figure in Rec. Yards from the backfield!! Bold prediction i know, BUT I’M SUPER PUMPED FOR THIS YEAR!!!

    • BrandonReisinger

      Ohh and i think Green with be in the mix at some point Throughout the season also

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @BrandonReisinger i love how pumped you are!!!! 

      • BrandonReisinger

         @epadaon I don’t know if i can make it till August!!!!! 

    • drewwall1

       @BrandonReisinger I like the figures you are guessing. They are pretty realistic. I can’t wait for this season.

  • RussellGrant

    Just for the sake of tossing it out there, Vincent Brown has an almost Tim Brown like skill set.  He could slip into the one over time.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @RussellGrant oh i think he will be there next season… floyd is in a contract year and may not be back if he keeps landing funny… could be this year if floyd falls weird too

  • Huy Nguyen

    meachem…dont get me wrong i like floyd its just he seems to get banged up after every big catch/jump ball

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

    I think M80 will start out as WR1, but will lose the position due to health issues.  I am really hoping that Brown steps up big time.  Meachem has speed, but I have concerns as to why he needed his knee scoped.  And as to if he will last with knee problems, if it is agitated.  As for Royal, well in my book is a much better return man than reciever. 
    Then again who knows.  Meachem and Royal are different types of recievers than Rivers is use to utilizing.  He may excel with them.  He repeatedly spoke about how much he enjoyed having two tall wide outs. That makes me think that Brown will get more than a fair shake at being “the man.”

    • PeteSpinning1

      Didn’t Rivers have his knee scoped? Then I think he played the AFC Playoff game. That’s when I knew we had found our franchise QB! Flipping off the crowd in Denver as he walked back out of the locker room & talking trash to Cutler! Brady beat us that year, but he’s lucky.
      But, yeah… knee scopes are scary.

  • PeteSpinning1

    Tough call. If everyone stays healthy, Malcolm Floyd.

  • Bleu

    It kills me how we judge meachem but we forget how many weapons the saints had in there recieving core. Moore, meachem, colston, Henderson, graham. All of those guys have the ability to be a #1 in my opinion and depending on what type of defense they faced a diiferent wr would be #1 for that particular game. Meachem could bk our number 1 but I don’t thinc it matters because u can line those guys up anywhere on the field they are both just that good

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Diego-Charger-Fans-in-Austin/141452695877591 Kenny

       The reasons you stated are exactly why it cant be said he is number one materail.  He didnt consistently deal with double teams.  Its easy to look good when your number is not called on a regular basis.  Its a completely different thing when the defense game plans for you, becasue your number is being called regularly and then they double cover you the whole game.  Meachem had the SIXTH most receptions of any player on the Saints team in 2011. Sixth most receptions does not scream number one to me. 
      I like that he is a different type of reciever for the Bolts, but I am not buying him as a number one.  Alot of number twos look great, but cant perform when given the WR1. I guess we will see when M80 goes down.

      • Bleu

        @Kenny I feel u but meachem was used primarily as a vertical that being that they had so many weapons!…… Sproles and graham were 2 guys Brees went to to bail him out of certain situations. His role being a vertical threat surely says graham n sproles would get more grabs. Meachem was a role player that possessed more skill. How many drops did he have?, minimal. The saints offense are the best in terms of spreading the ball around. But I really beloved he has the skillset to be a #1…….

  • Bleu

    Can’t wait until this season starts man!

  • Bleu

    And for the last time that arthroscopic knee surgery meachem had is nothing it is so minor its crazy. Meachem is an animal he don’t drop the ball, has great speed, great jumping ability, great route run skills, this guy is underrated. He was actually a big steal for us. Now parrish is an acquisition I really don’t understand I’m not much of a fan of his limited ability, but as long as it ain’t Patrick crayton returning pints I’m happy!….. I’m telling u man we had a solid wr core real talk. Our passing game can actually potentially better than ever as long as we can protect rivers bcuz rite nowwe haveplenty of weapons…….

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