Oct 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Richard Goodman (15) runs a kick-off return during the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Camp Recap WR: The Other Six


Now I’ve given you my first impressions with the Top 5 in camp, but that was easy. Now it get’s a little murky, with one exception.

#6 Richard Goodman (Goody): entering his 3rd season, with 1 Rec, 25Yds. Goody has made his mark in the Kick Return. Before his injury in 2012 he was averaging 27.6 yards per return. To give you some comparison, that’s a better average than Josh Cribbs and Devin Hester, two of the top 10 kick returner in the league. Only Leon Washington (RB, SEA), and Jacoby Jones (WR, BAL), was better. Unlike Hester and Cribbs, Goodman has better hands. much better. If I had my say, Goody makes the roster, if only to take the KR duties away from Royal. However, should Allen become the KR, then Goody may be gone. He is not eligible for the practice squad.

#7 Mike Willie: Entering his 2nd season, Mike is best remembered for his 38 yard TD from CBJ, on Aug 18, 2012 pre-season game against the cowboys. In camp Willie has shown the ability to get open, and even laid out for a catch, in day one of camp. I like his ability to run routes but he’s let a few catchable balls hit the turf. but overall he’s looked good no matter what route he was asked to run. I expect Willie to make the Practice Squad. His skills will be an asset when the Chargers have to look to their depth.

#8 Robert Meachem: entering his 7th year with 155 REC, 2,476 YDS, an 25TD. Surprisingly Meachem has looked better under Whisenhunt’s offense than Norv’s. he made catches, and his routes look good, but that’s all I can say. Meachem came from a “system” in New Orleans and did his part. Which is why, after what I saw from him, I can’t put him any lower. Also he’s the exception. If he doesn’t raise some eyebrows, he’ll make the roster for no other reason than his guaranteed money.

This is where it gets murky….

#9 Dan DePalma (welker 2.0): entering his 2nd season, has been a busy “camp body”. From what I saw he’s got skills with his feet. His cuts are right on cue and he knows where he should be. This is what stood out and impressed me the most. The down side, dropped balls. That will get you cut, no matter how much potential you have. As of right now, I’d say DePalma is the front-runner to making the Practice Squad behind Willie. But that may change.

#10 Luke Tasker: entering his rookie season, with 171 REC, 2,482 YDS, 13 TD, 13Rush, 66YDS, 3TDS 253 YDS in Punt Returns, an 240 YDS in Kickoff Returns.
What all that means to me? ” I can do anything with ball in my hands”. And he showed he was the most impressive in all these fields. During punt fielding drills Tasker was on point. His versatility was on display as I caught him working with the Special Teams, he can hit the gap. The issue was he looked nervous out there in a new system and again, dropped balls. As a WR that is critical. However he is in competition for the Special Teams and the Practice Squad.

#11 Deon Butler (Neon Deon): entering his 5th year with, 57 REC, 611 YDS. an 4TD. of all these guys Deon has been the most invisible to me. Except once. Deon ran a stop n’ go, made a move, got separation, and took off towards the Endzone. Sorenson ( I believe) made a beautiful pass, right on the money. Only to watch it drop to the turf. right. between. his. hands. There are very few opportunities to impress, for a guy that’s ineligible for the Practice Squad, to leave “that” as a stand out play on day one of camp. The young man has good potential, at this stage in his career, we should see more.

All in all, here is what bothers me the most. One of these players will get bumped, because Meachem will make the roster on account of his guaranteed money. At this point who cares, we know the truth. Now the last three based on what I saw, are pretty even, and any one of them could make the cut. Since most Teams carry 5 or 6 WR that means the top 5 I mentioned are in + Meachem makes 6. That would mean Willie, DePlama, and Tasker are left to duke it out for Practice Squad. Goodman an Butler must make the roster, or they will be cut. To me the bottom six is the most important decisions, the Chargers will have to make. These players will be the depth they turn to when a starter goes down. Because it’s not a matter of “IF” but “WHEN” injuries occur.

But hey that’s my opinion, from the outside lookin’ in.

peace…

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  • Dave O

    Meachem is frustrating, just because of the money thing. Sadly I think that they’ll keep DX, Floyd, Allen, Brown, Royal and Meachem will get that 6th spot. I think that Goodman has more upside and it’s a shame that he will have to be cut outright. I’m hopeful that Willie makes the practice squad, I felt like he was the best of the rest, potential-wise.

    • Gunnar Martin

      I have this feeling that Willie will be a big part of our offense somewhere down the road. Whether it’s because of injuries or because contracts expire over the years, I think he’s going to get his chance with this team.

      • arnie

        I believe he will as well. But don’t count on it. word on the street, Tasker isn’t going away.

  • Gunnar Martin

    What makes one eligible/not eligible for the practice squad?

    • arnie

      Time. you can only be on the practice squad for three years, Goodman’s time is up. Or a certain amount of accrued years on the roster.

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    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

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      • Cgoodness13

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    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      :)

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    Cut Meachem please. If he’s not, we will have to put him in at some point for the “Cleveland drop”… And it will be another sad story.

    • arnie

      i totally agree Peter. For 7 year guy, he should be way ahead of the curve as a WR. Yet he really didn’t look all that impressive than the rookies. If he were making DX money, sure keep him around. Even then there is still better talent, that is more versatile. So i still couldn’t justify keeping him. Add onto that the organization is whispering, “…he won’t be a factor…”, tells you “why” he’s going to be here. I know the players talked about, don’t listen to outside noise, but what do you do when the noise is your own organization?
      I hope TT can pull another miracle….
      ….thanks aj….

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        That would be great. Hope TT can pull off a trade or something.. but, if not.. we should just cut our losses now. (Unless Meachem suddenly steps up HUGE in preseason)
        If they cut him after camp / preseason, it would send the message that (no matter what the circumstances are) if a player is not performing to standards, and is taking a roster spot away from someone who can help this team win, that they will not be on this team. I know we would absorb a REALLY big hit by cutting Meachem. But, if they did it, I would applaud the move!!! It would let the other players know that they can’t get comfortable, or underperform, simply because the franchise has too much money invested. Guys would always have it in the back of their mind “I better step it up.. they won’t think twice about giving me the axe, if I don’t. Look at what they did to Meach”.
        And, before anyone starts shaking their fist… not the A.J. Smith kind of axe, where he treated players like they were expendable garbage, and refused to give good talent money when they deserved it. I’m talking about the kind of axe that doesn’t let underperforming, under-talented, and overpaid players “phone it in”, because they think the team is handcuffed. Telesco DID low-ball DX this season. But, mainly because the market set his price, because of his injury history, and because his back was up against the wall with a really crappy salary cap situation. It’s insulting to the other receivers to have Meachem around at that price. I bet the players would gain even more respect for TT if he said “I’m not going to let someone get paid THAT much more money, and play THAT much worse than the others.. even if it means we have to eat shit”. That would make me feel like I wanted to play really hard for my team, and that they had my back.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Won’t be back till Saturday. Post good stuff while I’m gone people!

  • shane

    Am I the only person who is thoroughly unconvinced of Richard Goodman as one of the top kickoff returners in the league? He returns everything he catches…ie 7, 8, 9 yards deep…If he returns it from the 8 yards back and barely gets to the 20, that is a 28 yard return, thus upping his avg…but was that a good return? he always makes me nervous returning those kicks…he’s got solid speed but he’s not very elusive, and like i said…he just returns EVERYTHING thus upping his avg. I am wicked slow, and if i did that i could avg over 20 yards a return. whoopie…he’s not a complete player, royal or allen or even weddle or prob some db can do a more than adequate job. kr is getting phased out of the nfl, not worthy of a spot…keep willie or even depalma, a guy who can contribute in the future.

    ok, i’ll get of my soapbox :)

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      take the soapbox… i thought a lot of people thought the same as you. I like that he takes the chance… especially if he knows that he can at least get to the 20. You can’t get big kick returns if you don’t return them. With Goodman back there, he will give it a shot and at least get us back to around the 20

      • shane

        That’s the thing though, there were plenty of times that he didn’t make it past the 20! it seriously drove me insane watching him with his lion hair…given that his average was 27, and he did have a handful of longer returns, i’d say most of the time he didn’t make it out to the 20…i’m sure p rivers and norv didn’t like that much…that’s a huge mental battle for the offense starting out at the 15 vs the 20

        • arnie

          That’s because they moved the kick off line up to the 30 from the 25. Moving the ball has become more difficult to get good field position. Yet Goodman gets the job done. not to mention, there were only two guys that were better at it than he was. And in this league field position is crucial. Now as far as Willie or DePalma, they probably will make the practice squad, but from what i saw, you do not want them on Kick Return duties.
          Now, i don’t know about you, the choice is get rid of Goody, or meachum? can you guess which one i choose? because that’s probably what it will come down to. Goody at least didn’t “drop” the kick return, like the other WR. yet that is what we will have on the roster. Goodman ran circles around meachum in camp, and by versatility alone, he was the better WR.
          Lastly, when Royal pulls up lame, i don’t want to choose between three rookies, to return kicks. because it as Goodman that stepped up, when Royal was out, and never looked back.

          • shane

            take out goodys one 105 td return from 2011 and his avg plummets to 25! an avg returner, i’m sure several of those times had he knelt down for the 20 which he was lucky to get to, philip could’ve driven down for at least a field goal or more. field position is HUGE i agree, but goodman doesnt give us great avg position. and his versatility? he doesnt have any. he has straight line speed, he’s not a good receiver, not saying meachem is either, but meachem will cost too much to release. b/c a guy is a kr is not a good enough reason to keep him on the roster these days, other plays can do a solid job at it. i was so glad goody got hurt last year and cason took over.

          • arnie

            No. i won’t take it out. that would force me to evaluate him, out of “context”. For better or worse, it’s something he earned. And i take into “account” all the information. As for your assessment of his skills, after seeing him in camp, i completely disagree.
            The real issue here, isn’t Goody. It was the decision to move the kick off spot, back up to the 30. the reason it was moved back to 25, was to generate more excitement, in the kick off game. it worked. Now in the interest of “safety”, the boredom has returned. The numbers you stated, by comparisons, are still above average. When the ball was spotted on the 25, those numbers, would not even be considered good. Before the move, the avg. was 35. So, even he did remove the 105, he’s still top 5.
            lastly, being a good returner, IS a good enough reason. getting the ball back to the 20 is more crucial than ever. the only reason goody got the call, Royal, another good KR went down. and norv had no choice. Goodman has good route running can get seperation and good hands. The fact norv didn’t know how to use his skills, and went to FA for veterans, instead of turning to his roster, isn’t Goodmans fault. Again, when i put my eyes on him, in camp, i couldn’t understand why he wasn’t on the field more. You would think a guy with ” straight line speed” is something you would want on the field. with that in mind, KR is not something, “any” player can do.

          • shane

            well hopefully ur right

          • arnie

            So do i. LOL

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Sorry, but Goodman seems to be getting better, as time goes by. I think he will be better than last season, now he is healed. He also had a couple runs that he ALMOST broke off. I know “almost” isn’t enough.. but, if he works hard, and has a good camp / preseason, he has earned the roster spot.. which Meachem is not earning. I say screw the money, and keep a guy on the roster who will help you win. And, with all due respect.. Weddle? I know they put him back there last season, and he muffed one (maybe two?), almost gave up the ball, and I cringed as a bunch of guys swarmed him! If you are saying that we should put the ONLY veteran pro-bowl caliber defensive back we have in the line of fire.. especially after seeing what I saw last year.. I am going with “NO FRIGGIN’ WAY”! If he got injured doing that, TT would never hear the end of it. To me, that’s the defensive equivalent of putting Rivers back there. Not a fan of that, at all. I hear your concerns.. but, give him another shot. I bet you will be happy with his performance this year.

      • shane

        hopefully u guys are right…i just look at the hesters’, cribbs, jacoby jones’ of the league and they do a lot more than just return….well, maybe just more? ha but yeah i wouldnt necessarily say put weddle back there, just saying a return man isn’t that hard to come by. woodhead’s done some return work, royal, allen…not that hard to come by. all i’m sayin.

  • Jonah Lee

    Good stuff Arnie, thanks for contributing!!

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