Nov 17, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) talks with San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown (86) after throwing an interception during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Royal Doubtful. Vincent Brown, This Is It!

Earlier today, Chargers slot receiver Eddie Royal was reduced from questionable, to doubtful for Sunday’s match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals. Eddie has been struggling with a toe injury since the Indianapolis game, and suffered a chest injury in Arrowhead last weekend. Royal has 34 receptions for 484 yards, and 7 touchdowns on the season. Despite being injured, he had 87 yards on 4 catches against Kansas City. That type of production will be sorely missed tomorrow. This means that the Chargers won’t have one of their best receiving threats. Antonio Gates is also questionable with a hamstring injury, and said that if the game were to be played on Friday, he didn’t know if he could play. Let’s hope that he can play, and draw those double-teams that allow Green & Allen to be explosive. My point, is that we need all hands on deck, and they have to be productive.

Once again, the Chargers will be fielding a rag-tag fleet of receivers. Not to say that the guys who are healthy can’t get the job done. However, those players will have to fill these shoes. I have little doubt that “Rookie of the Week” Keenan Allen will have a great game. Ladarius Green has been getting better & better each week. Danny Woodhead has to be the most impressive free agency acquisition of the offseason, and can’t do any wrong in my eyes. Seyi Ajirotutu is another one of Philip’s security blankets from those old glory days, and made the season’s most clutch catch last weekend. But, he is nursing a hamstring injury, as well. Which leads us to the topic at hand…. Vincent Brown… “this is it”. Prove that you deserve to be on this roster. For you, the season starts Sunday.

I won’t get into Brown’s production this season. I think we all know where that conversation starts, and where it ends. I’m looking to what needs to happen this week. The only thing that I WILL say about the past is that he had ‘zero’ catches last week, in a game where we scored 41 points. Vincent is a player that was lighting it up at the end of 2011. He was lighting it up before he suffered a broken ankle in the 2012 preseason. We were all anxious to see him light it up this season. Unfortunately, he has struggled, for whatever reason. There is a lot of speculation as to “why” he has struggled. Any number of those speculations may be accurate.

I am calling out Vincent Brown this weekend. I don’t think he would have even seen  the field as much this week, had Royal’s injury situation not been downgraded to “doubtful”. Ajirotutu would most likely have cut into those snaps. But, he will be lined up in the slot, and MUST make an impact on Sunday. We know that he has the talent. We’ve seen him go up for those tough catches. We have seen Philip put passes right on the money, but Brown has dropped them. We have seen him run the wrong route twice, ending up in key interceptions. But, that video of Brown going up for those passes against the Raiders in 2011 are still stuck in my mind. I’m looking for a big game from Vincent Brown, in front of the home crowd. He must earn our trust back, and the trust of his quarterback.

Light it up, son!!!!

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Peter Thompson



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  • Peter Thompson

    Hopefully Sidelines doesn’t jack this post up this time… that ish is dreadful.

  • navw21

    I’ve been thinking what if we put Tutu as the 2nd WR behind Keenan Allen and put VB as the slot WR.

    • Peter Thompson

      Yep!!! Great comments! I would like to see a combination of both.

    • boltingindiego

      vb is a slot wr but royal has that spot locked so brown is playing a position he shouldn’t be.

  • FitzWilly

    Yo Vinnie
    I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse
    get you shit together or else

    • Peter Thompson

      Hey Fitzy. .. can you post the link again for the game tomorrow? The last time I went to those links they were asking to download new viewing software. I was a little sceard about malware. Is that shit safe & legit, or do you have any recommendations for viewing software that is safe & compatible. Pleas advise.

      • FitzWilly

        Here are a few of the sites I use

        If you guys and Gals have any, fell free to share with the rest of the class.

        FYI You’ll have yo get the extension/add-on

        AdBlock Plus (it’s free), that will get rid of all those pop-ups

        PT can you put them in an article for the rest of the BoltBeaters, tx

      • FitzWilly

        No software needed pete
        just get AdBlock plus
        chrome = extension
        IE = add-on
        not sure about firefox

  • FitzWilly
    • Peter Thompson

      Thanks mang!

      • FitzWilly

        any time PT