Dec 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (85) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass from San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) during the second half at MetLIfe Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Which Veteran Charger Are You Most Looking Forward To

I’ve already covered the free agent pick-ups, the youngsters who need to step it up and the rookies, next we move onto the leaders and vets we have entrusted in for the past several years. Who do you want to see kick major butt as the Chargers march into the 2013 season?

Philip Rivers – Rivers has come off back to back terrible seasons, with the addition of Mike McCoy and Ken Whisenhunt and with new weapons in Danny Woodhead and Keenan Allen, imagine a healthy Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews and a returning explosive Danario Alexander, Rivers finally has the right coaches and right players at his disposal. This can make for one incredible comeback year for Philip. If the o-line gels and dominates with the addition of Max Stark, Rivers could spread the field thin, wear down defenses and target any of his acrobatic wide receivers, beastly tight ends or pass catching running backs.

Antonio Gates – At age 32, Gates might not have a lot left to offer. Nevertheless, this is Antonio Gates and teams will be very much aware of what he’s capable of doing when the ball comes his way. Gates believes he has plenty of gas left in the tank he’ll be set out to prove it. This could be a comeback season, much like Rivers’. With the new offensive scheme and McCoy’s ability to milk a player’s unique skill set to their advantage this might be a season for Gates to have a better showing.

Eric Weddle – Clearly, the best player on the team! The ever reliable Weddle continues to shine in an underperforming backfield. Hopefully, with the addition of Derek Cox and the coming out party of Marcus Gilchrist, Weddle can have some of the attention diverted from him and make it another interception party every Sunday. Weddle, has leadership, hardly ever misses a tackle and is consistently making huge plays. He can make this defense extremely exciting when given the chance. He is undoubtedly the best at his position.

Donald Butler – The Assassin! Donald Butler may have found a partner in crime in rookie Manti Te’o, which should alleviate the void left by Takeo Spikes’ departure. With a little help, Butler can continue to wreck havoc on the field. Butler learned from one of the best, a true leader in Spikes. Now it’s time for Butler to become the leader. Word has been passed around that the front office is working on a contract extension, a reflection of Donald’s value to the team.

Malcom Floyd – It will definitely be a challenge for Floyd to finally record his first 1,000 yard season, with DX, Vincent Brown and Allen crowding the field. What is respectable about Floyd is how humble he has been, slowly moving up the ranks and being dedicated to the Chargers for all these years which earned him a contract extension through 2015. He may be asked to take a step back if either Brownie or Allen plays a bigger role, nevertheless, Floyd has always been a reliable target to Philip and will continue getting plenty of looks.

This is the list of reliable long-time Chargers ready to play next season. Who are you excited to see in lighting bolts on opening day?

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  • 619chargers4life

    Rivers and this new offence and Butler to continue his terror on other teams

  • Pels04

    Im looking forward to see Rivers bounce back to his pro-bowl, top 5 QB form. When Gates finally healed up from the plantar thing our OL was garbage. Gates is still healthy, we now have a formidable OL and that has me excited.

    • Stefanie Smith

      God love ya. It has yet to be seen whether our OL is formidable, but we can hope.

      • Pels04

        Formidable size wise anyways!

  • Per Ola Öberg

    Butler and weddle. Defence all the way.

  • Cgoodness13

    Think weddle makes all pro and bro-bowl again

  • tubbs45

    Got to be Rivers followed up by Mathews. They both need big seasons! #cantwait #BoltUp

  • Rob Base

    Rivers to Gates!

  • Bill Nichols

    I want to see some of the sophomore vets either step up or step outta the damn way. Royal, Meecham, McClain, and yes even Ronnie Brown. I know everyone says he was a good 3rd down option last year, but, come on now.
    We didn’t bring in these guys last year to just take up cap space and roster spots. I guess they are kind of the last remaining AJ / Norvals desperation moves, but between them all, what did they really accomplish last year for us? Pretty much nada. We need to get that Meech money back, he is really not even needed at this point. God I can not wait to see this new O-line in action. Bolt Up!!

  • philiprules

    Philip Rivers, because if his play continues to be less than stellar, the team goes nowhere even if the other guys shine.

  • Alter Ego

    We need our former pro bowl players to play like pro bowl players. If we can have that and possibly add Butler / Freeney / Starks / Alexander / Liuget / Reyes / Ingram / Hardwick – or any combination to pro bowl consideration…Damn – we would be a very special team. So I’m looking forward to our players reaching their full potential this year and brining home the hardware – I pray for that every year.

    • Alter Ego

      Vincent Brown too…Lord yes – let him unleash the fury this year. Now that he is healthy and is fighting Floyd to start opposite Alexander…I hope he is on the high- lites every week.

  • RZ

    Rivers…it all starts with him.

  • blu3ny3llow

    Obviously want the offensive guys to do good…….. but I’m looking forward for Larry English to FINALLY make some noise by sacking the shit out of opposing QBs