Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs for a first down after a reception against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Telesco Wants To Add Speed On Offense

Tom Telesco spoke with the media in the middle of the week and he shared his thoughts of the season and what he will be looking to do in the coming season. One of the things that stood out was his need for speed. Tom Telesco mentioned that he would like to add more speed on offense.

The San Diego Chargers were ranked 4th in the passing game and 13th in rushing. The team didn’t have many problems moving the ball down the field. They were able to march down the field with a strong rushing attack and an efficient passing gam, but one of the things that was missing on the Chargers offense was the big play. The team had to hold onto the football and march down the field in order to score. There are not a lot of players on the roster that have the ability to stretch the field. There are not a lot of home run threats on the roster.

We need the home run threat. We need someone that can take the football and go 50+ yards for the score. The blast that Ronnie Brown had against the Bengals sealed the game. We need more plays like that on offense.

Keenan Allen was the biggest threat on offense, but he was not a burner. Part of the reason Allen slipped to the 3rd round in the draft was because he is not a burner.  Allen is great in the passing game. He won’t beat you over the top, but he will beat man coverage every time and he find holes on crossing routes. He is also great at picking up yards after the catch.

The team needs a receiving threat on the opposite side. Someone that can stretch the football field and open up the middle of the field for Allen, Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green.

Adding more team speed on offense would be an added dimension to an already good offense. Just make sure the players are still good football players and don’t go the Al Davis route and sign track stars to play football. Can’t wait to meet some of the new burners on the team.

In free agency, there are players like Jeremy Maclin, Golden Tate, James Jones, Jacoby Jones and Dexter McCluster available. There are a number of players in the draft that could be available as well to help the team. One name that we should watch for late in the draft is Oregon RB DeAnthony Thomas.

Thomas will likely be available late in the draft. He played running back at Oregon but would likely have to play in the slot in the NFL. He has good hands and can take it to the house when he gets the ball in his hands.

Here is the type of player we would be getting.

Next Chargers Game View full schedule »
Monday, Sep 88 Sep7:20at Arizona CardinalsBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • bolted1

    I would hate to defend against him

  • Rob Base

    That would be sick!

  • Antonio Spellman

    I have definitely endorsed D’Anthony Thomas he’s pure speed and has home run ability

  • Gunnar Martin

    I really like how Thomas reads the holes his blockers open up for him, and then wastes no time getting through them. Or how he just lets the defender play their way out of his path by making them read his cuts in the open field. Great stuff.

  • Bolt up!

    I’ve been watching this guy since he got picked up dude is super fast since telesco

  • Bolt up!

    Is a draft guy I think he will pick him up it’ll help us everywhere from wr rb kr
    Pr kid does it all please telesco get this guy also my dream pick is tre mason but deanthony Thomas is the sexy pick

  • Cgoodness13

    I think he plans on hitting 2 birds with one stone by signing a speedster who can make plays on offense and be a good returner

    • Ernie Padaon

      i think he will too

  • vct

    Chip Kelly is going to steal this kid.

    • Ernie Padaon

      possibly… i thought pete carroll would take some usc players back in the day too and he somehow passed on them

  • micah

    He’d be good in the fourth or fifth round for us. In the second maybe a guy like jarvis landry, he’s got some good speed, and he’s a better reciever than d’anthony thomas.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i wouldnt take him any higher. that would be a waste any higher.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Tevin Reese the T.Y. Hilton clone would be interesting guy to pick in the 3-4 round range. If Marqise Lee or Kelvin Benjamin are available at pick 25 and Nix, Dennard and Gilbert are gone, I would audible to a WR in the first round.

    • CALiFORNiAkiD

      I would love if we got Jarvis Landry. The fire and passion he plays with reminds me of Keenan Allen.
      I really think Eddie Royal is gone….No way does that contract survive the off-season cuts.
      So Jarvis is a better and cheaper replacement.

      Also Lache Seastrunk would be a perfect complement to Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

  • Daryl Peek


    • Ernie Padaon


  • Sergio Quintero

    There is very real possibility that WR might be the best player available at pick 25, if by some miracle Marqise Lee is there at 25, guess what, he’s a better player than LaMarcus Joyner, Bradley Roby, Vic Beasley, Kyle Van Noy, Scott Crichton. About 50% of the mocks I have read have Lee droping to the chargers pick, there is such a thing as drafting the best player available.

    With the current odds pointing towards Floyd retiring, if a player like Marqise Lee is available I’ll take him and worry about NT, OLB and CB for the next 3 rounds.

    The level of priority for a WR is truly related to Floyd’s health, but clearly it doesn’t sound any good from what I read. If they don’t take someone like M. Lee in the first, some guys to keep an eye on are: Oddel Beckham (LSU) and Tevin Reese (Baylor), in particular Reese reminds me of T.Y. Hilton.

    • bolt up!

      If we got Lee I would cry lol that would be so sick a keenan allen and a marquise lee woo! I actually brought up that idea like 2 months ago saying if he falls to us take him

    • Ernie Padaon

      If Marqise Lee is there… it would be hard to pass him up. Some of the other names are reaches in the first round.

  • arnie

    Ernie, one day the Chargers are actually going to draft one of your video picks.


    I believe will add Defensive players through Free Agency.
    We have a good young core group on Defense we need to add experience

    (Paul Soliai/6-3 340) is one of the best run stoppers in the league.
    And a true #1 CB (Talib, Verner, Grimes) is all we’re missing in the Secondary.

    Seeing how well Fluker and Allen turned out, I expect Telesco to keep adding weapons on Offense.
    Not only does he want to add speed….but he wants to add young speed.
    Free Agency should tell us a lot.