Coming into the 2013 season the San Diego Chargers looked like a team with many gaps to fill in the roster, but Wide Receiver did not appear to be one of them. But after losing #1 Wide Receiver Danario Alexander for the season to a torn ACL, Malcom Floyd missing time due to a preseason knee injury, and veteran addition Robert Meacham never being able to live up to his reputation from New Orleans, the Chargers needed to bolster their passing attack.
By bringing back former Chargers Wide Receiver Seyi Ajirotutu, they did just that. Ajirotutu is 6’3″ tall, 215 lbs and only 26 years of age. He appears to be the prototype outside receiver in our new offensive system. If you don’t remember this unique name for some reason, maybe you’ll recall the last time he got a shot in San Diego. It was week 9 of the 2010 season and Seyi got his first start. He shredded the Texans defense with four catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Philip Rivers always seems to have great chemistry with Seyi and it showed this preseason. Just eight days after being signed to the team, he started in the final two preseason games. He has great route running ability, knows how to separate on the outside, and is not afraid to come across the middle of the field and take shots.
This week I got to catch up with the veteran receiver and get some of his thoughts on the upcoming season.
1) What was your initial reaction to the call to resign back with the Chargers?
It was Thursday before the bears game and I was thrilled because of all the places I could’ve went, I get to stay home and with the same great fans.
2) You played in our system under Norv Turner in 2010. What does Mike McCoy bring to this team that is different from Norv Turner?
He brings a different attitude and charisma that I feel my teammates and myself are responding well to.
3) You came in 8 days prior to playing in the starting lineup for preseason against the cardinals. What was the key to your immediate success?
I was thrown into the fire and was able to learn the offense in a week with the help of the coaches, quarterbacks, and some of the receivers. And just worked hard to do whatever was asked of me to do.
4) What should Charger fans know about #16 when they see him suit up and take the field in 2013?
They should know that I’m a hard worker and a player that wants to win in San Diego no matter the cost. I am reliable and can make plays given the opportunity.
5) Your long time friend, Ryan Mathews is proving why we jumped up to draft him so high. Is this the year he makes it happen?
We have been friends going on 6/7 years strong and I know this will be his year. He has worked hard and dedicated himself to playing like I’ve always seen, whether in college, or the year he went to Hawaii(Pro Bowl) that most forget about.
6) What is your favorite route to run, and why?
I like to run a slant and be able to catch it in stride. It almost all the time results in first downs also.
7) Who in your opinion is the most underrated player on this 2013 roster?
Ladarius Green has done nothing but impress. From last year to now he has put in a lot of work and time and I know this year he will have a great year.
8) You’re now technically the veteran in a young receiving core. Who has been the most influential teammate in your off-season preparation?
I would have to say Ryan since I see him dang near everyday and whether or not he knew, I was always motivated to stay in shape and continue to train and stay ready for the call.
9) What is the average day in the life of Seyi Ajirotutu outside of Qualcomm stadium?
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10) What is your favorite camp memory or story with the Chargers?
No memories other than I’m always just glad to come back and work hard to win.
It’s nice to see a humbled and hard working athlete get a chance to prove himself in a system that is setup for success. Look for Ajirotutu to continue to make plays given the opportunity.
Bolt up! 2013 season in upon us!