September 1, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back DeAnthony Thomas (6) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Will Be Looking For Home Run Threats

Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) intercepts a pass as Missouri Tigers wide receiver Marcus Lucas (85) chases during the first half in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers were solid last season. They moved the football down the field and they slowed down offenses enough in order to win games. They got into the playoffs and won a game with that gameplan. There definitely was something that was missing from the team all last season though. The team lacked a little something going into the playoffs.

Tom Telesco knows about the missing link already. He talked about it a little after the team was eliminated from the playoffs. He said that he wanted to add more speed onto the roster.

Speed is one thing, but I believe his definition of speed is “WE NEED SOME BIG PLAYS.” We didn’t have anyone on the field that could make the big play. We didn’t have that quick strike on offense. We didn’t have that defense that could force a turnover. We didn’t have a return specialist that could break loose and pick up huge chunks of yards. The team had to work long and hard in order to get points on the board. 

This offseason, we will be looking for home run threats. We will be looking for someone that can take the football and make something big happen when they touch it. On special teams, on defense and on offense. Players like that are rare to come by, but we will be looking to add as many of those playmakers as possible.

That is why names like Justin Gilbert are intriguing in the draft. Gilbert is a standout corner and also can be a threat in the return game.

That is why DeAnthony Thomas might be on the radar later in the draft. That is why the team could be looking for a receiver near the top of the draft. We have the ability to move the chains on offense, we just don’t have the home run threat to bail us out from time to time.

We will be looking for home run hitters. What home run threats would you like to see the team add this offseason?

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  • Nick Mansoor

    Been saying this for like a year. Justin Gilbert and De’Anthony Thomas for Draft Class 2014. If we cant get both, ill take either one of the 2.

    • Ernie Padaon

      I will take both… Haha

      • Nick Mansoor

        It would be reeeeeeeaally sweet if we got both. I hope Telesco picks them up, otherwise, expect to see me on ESPN in 2015 making SD draft picks lol

  • D

    Trade Vincent Brown or Eddie royal + 1st round pick for Josh Gordon. can you imagine an offense with Gordon, Allen, Green as the focus?
    Add a CB, NT, OT, DE, G through the draft and you are looking at legitimate contenders.
    With that lineup and a (hopefully) health Mathews I think the chargers would be right there with the Broncos

    • Ernie Padaon

      I wish it was that easy, but if I were the Browns, I wouldn’t do that deal

      • Julien Bélair

        Iwould trade allen and a fist rd pick for gordon

        • Ernie Padaon

          That is just crazy

          • Julien Bélair

            I know but Gordon is by far the best WR in the NFL

          • Ernie Padaon

            yea… but having allen (who has all kinds of talent) and another receiver with that talent gives the team more balance.

    • Nick Mansoor

      Meh. It would be nice. But Cleveland would be retarded if they let Gordon go like that lol

    • Sergio Quintero

      It would take 2 first rounders, and something extra like a 5th rounder, so forget it, elite game breaking players at 25 that what they cost.


    Lache Seastrunk (5’10/210) and can take it to the house anytime he touches the ball.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i am a big fan of Seastrunk… think that he will be a steal if we can get him.. also think that it would mean the end of Ryan after he becomes a free agent.

      • Julien Bélair

        yessssss I have been saying that we should draft him in the second or third for while !

      • Sergio Quintero

        I’m a big fan of Tre Mason, he just looked to be the best player on the field in the national championship and most games I saw Auburn late in the season, if he’s available in round 3-4 I would seriously look at investing a pick in him.

    • Nick Mansoor

      I’m a big fan of Seastrunk as well, but I don see Telesco picking up a RB in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of the draft. It Would be sweet if he fell a couple rounds later

      • Ernie Padaon

        yea,…. cant see us going for a running back that high. a need, but not a huge need in comparison to others.

        • Nick Mansoor

          yeah we will most likely draft a RB in rounds 5-7. and Thomas is projected to hit round 7, surprisingly…

  • serg21

    If we want Josh Gordon we trade a 1st 2nd and probably a 3rd next year

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’m not even sure that would get it done, but the Browns wouldn’t stop taking the call.

  • Sergio Quintero

    The most recent mock drafts for Gilbert have him going 10 to the Lions, he’s not a player that will lose value in the combine. It certainly sounds like Gilbert & Dennard will be long gone for pick 25, and the rest of the corners have a 2nd round grade for me. So at corner I’ll wait to pick 57 and see what drops to the Chargers from a group of about 8 corners (Marcus Roberson, Lucheiz Purefoy, Jason Verrett, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Keith McGill, Pierre Desir, Bradley Roby, Kyle Fuller).

    If either Kony Ealy or Dee Ford are there at pick 25, those are my guys. I believe until you have a franchise QB and elite pass rush you keep investing in it until you get it right, as they say “Pass driven league”.

    For WR there will be some good options in the 2-4 round range, Davente Adams, Brandin Cooks, Martavis Bryant, Donte Moncrief, Tevin Reese, Jared Abbrederis. I would expect one of those guys to be a charger, in particular if no Free agent is brought in.

    As for DeAnthony Thomas I want to draft him and use him like the chiefs use Dexter McCluster, to keep him healthy I would move him to slot WR, he’s probably the best player with the ball in his hand in this draft, but he’s also 5’9 170 lbs. So if he’s available in the fifth round go get him.

  • Peter Thompson

    I definitely agree that we need some more home runs, and players that hit them more consistently. However, let’s not totally discount the team from 2013. There were some really BIG home runs, actually. If that Tutu pass wasn’t a home run, then I don’t know what is.. the same can be said of Donald Butler’s strip fumble against Cincy in he playoffs… Ryan Mathews big run in Denver… Greene’s 60 yard TD catch & run… Crezdon Butler & Marshall’s FF & recovery in the end zone against Dallas.. Kaiser’s Manning INT… just about every other Keenan Allen play.

    Not to say that Ernie means that by the article.. but, I feel like we have some home-run threats already. Some haven’t had enough playing time, or have only been working together for one season.. or got injured. Some of these threats are already here.. coaching just needs to work on maximizing their abilities. Definitely need to add more… but, for all the complaining I do on here, I walked away from the 2013 completely excited for what we already have. I only “hoped” that we could pull that kind of season off with so many unproven players, back-ups, and players that we just signed this year… and they did it!!! Kudos.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Couldn’t have said it any better, Pete. I really do believe that a lot of this is about coaching. We’ve seen flashes of greatness. That means the coaches need to help them maximize that potential on a consistent basis.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Since we missed out last year on Leon Sandcastle, TT should really put some effort into getting Jerry Ricecake.

    • Ernie Padaon


  • navw21

    I really hope we could get Justin Gilbert in the first round but I highly doubt after the combine finishes that he will be available to us at pick 25. Because I think he could be used just like Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals. A number one CB, help in the return game and if willing even a couple of plays on offense. With one pick we could help all three phases of the team.

  • TheTrueBlu

    I really like Odell Beckham Jr. from LSU. He can help our return game and add a deep threat for Philip.