By Jake Hefner
Last season the Chargers discovered a new toy for Phillip Rivers in the form of wide receiver Danario Alexander. Alexander came in off the street and added a new downfield threat to the chargers offense. This year,Vincent Brown makes his return to the field. Brown was lost to injury and missed the entire 2012 season. Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal were colossal bust in their first year of wearing a lighting bolt. Familiar faces such as Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd will return to their playmaking roles for at least another season or two and the Chargers added Cal WR Keenan Allen in 3rd round of this years draft.
On paper and when healthy the Chargers receiving corps has a good mix of youth potential and veteran stability to make the offense extremely dynamic. But is there a forgotten piece in this puzzle of wide receivers?….Is there a player that could be ready to make a big jump this upcoming season?
Tight end Ladarius Green, a 2012 4th round pick may be poised to have a breakout year for the Chargers. When Green was drafted, tight ends Randy McMichael and Dante Rosario were ahead of him on the depth chart and unfortunately never got an opportunity to contribute. Since then McMichael and Rosario have been released and Green has vaulted to 2nd on the depth chart behind Antonio Gates.
Standing 6’6 241 pounds, Green does not lack athleticism or measurables. In 2012 he posted the second-fastest time for a TE (4.45) had the longest arms (34 1/2 inches) and the second-largest hands (10 1/8 inches) of any TE at the combine. Possessing the leaping ability to go up and make a catch in traffic, combined with the body technique to block out opposing defenders, Green can be a mismatch for opposing defenses. As great as Antonio Gates has been for this team, we all now he doesn’t have much time left. If Green is ready to step up and make an impact for this team, the 2013 season may be a great time for the Chargers to reveal a new secret weapon.
How bout it bolt fans,what do you think about the potential of Ladarius Green?
By Jake Hefner
Bolt so hard!!!!!