With an offense that has continuously had Antonio Gates as its number 1 option, the realistic expectation has to be this team will carry 5 WR’s at the most 6, if you look at Richard Goodman as a WR and not as special teams player.
As it currently stands:
Looking at this depth chart we can easily make the argument that Eddie Royal’s days in a charger uniform are numbered, and the only reason Robert Meachem will make this team is that he’s very well paid and would figure a minimal cap relief if cut.
To make matters worse for Robert Meachem, the offense sure seems to be moving away from the vertical stretch role he had in New Orleans he had some success in.
A recent report from Peter King makes it quite clear the chargers are going to a short dink & dunk offense which has a high percentage of its throws near the line of scrimmage, from monday’s morning QB article: “McCoy said he thinks Philip Rivers, who has never completed more than 66 percent of his throws in seven starting seasons, can be a 70-percent passer in his new offense. ‘I’ve been blown away by his anticipation and willingness to learn,” McCoy said. That Rivers has 35 interceptions in the last two years is an indication to many who watch the Chargers that he can get too confident in his ability to fit balls downfield into small holes. McCoy will harp on trusting the system that has a myriad of answers, always including one short one — thus his belief the completion percentage can improve.
That type offense figures to help the more instinctive Allen & Brown get on the field, than the better athlete than player that Meachem has proven so far; plus should make the life of whoever play Left Tackle a whole lot easier than Norv’s love of 7 step drops.
By the end of the season barring injuries the active WR’s should be:
WR 1 Malcom Floyd
WR 2 Danario Alexander
WR 3 Vincent Brown
WR 4 Keenan Allen
WR 5 Richard Goodman (Kickoff returns)
WR 6 Robert Meachem
Cut in preseason or June 1:
WR 7 Eddie Royal
A.J. Smith horrible offseason of 2012 just keeps on tormenting this franchise, but I have true faith that both Vincent Brown & Keenan Allen will be stars soon for the Bolts. And they will be the starters on opening day of 2014 for the chargers.
So guys time to accept the modern offenses of 35-45 throws, high percentage get the ball out of your QB’s hand, and to say goodbye to the long throws we got under Norval.