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.