Oct 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) returns a punt during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Work Out Former Pro Bowl KR/PR Mark Mariani

The San Diego Chargers are looking for some help in the return game this offseason. The combination of Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal and whoever the heck they had returning kicks was not working out for the Chargers last season. The return game was terrible and we had to hope the offense would be able to march the ball down the field for 80 yards or more in order to score. Our offense was good last season and was able to make that happen a lot, but a little more help with some starting position could be nice for the Chargers.

The Chargers are looking at the possibility of bringing in KR/PR Mark Mariani onto the roster, per Howard Balzer. Mariani didn’t play the last couple of seasons after breaking his leg on a return, but the Chargers were giving him a tryout. When Mariani did play, he was one of the best in the game. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for his return skills in 2011 and set franchise records in the return game for the Titans in his rookie season.

Mariani is still only 26 years old and that injury should be healed and ready to go. He could be someone who competes for the return job in camp, if we sign him.

When was the last time we saw something like this on the Chargers:

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  • Marcel West-Bailey

    He could play WR. He could be number 2.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      pump the brakes on that… dont think he is that option for the team. at least not NUMBER 2, but Browns was that bad. haha

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Let Rivers work that out lol he, like Peyton and Tom…and Aaron…and Drew, just need someone to throw the ball to

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’ve never heard of the guy but awesome if he could help our return game, never again shall we see Ronnie Brown type guys returning kicks. Would to get to start at the 40 yard line every now and again and not always at the 20.

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

      But how would we control the clock if that happened? J/K

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    If that broken leg didn’t give him stagefright, I’m all for it. Looks like he’s got some good acceleration.

    According to a commenter at the link below, the injury that kept him out the second year was just a shoulder injury that he could have started practicing from after 10 days…so nothing leg/knee/hip related.


  • Daryl Peek

    Would be a great feel good comeback story if he could make the 53 man roster. I’d be Leary of his injury as it was pretty much the same one that ended Joe Theismann’s career. Youth is the difference in his favor tho. Plus the Jeff Fisher Titans were absolutely monsters in execution on special teams. Mariani had a shoulder injury last season that kept him out also. I’m rooting for the kid! Who knows, he could end up being a Tim Dwight for these BOLTS.

  • Tazzster

    Awesome blocking on those two returns. Nothing against him, but those were two well blocked returns where all he had to bo was a little wiggle and turn on the jets.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      thought the same thing on those returns.

    • Gunnar Martin

      Exactly what I was thinking!

  • afroamongfew

    Give him a contract similar to the one they gave Marshall, $750K with no money guaranteed for one year.

  • Joaquin Ruiz

    MAriani is great hope Titans keep him. Still I doubt they will. Look for his injury on the web gruesome, but check the guy out Both bones are broken sticking out of the uniform and he is holding to the ball tight on the floor, no fumble. Great spirit love the guy.
    Putting on IR was an absolutely Freak move by front office, just didnt want to use the roster spot on him, and at the same time no to loose him to another team, so they took “advanteage” of the fact he had an injury (minor) and placed him on Season Ending IR, they went with Reynaud at kick returner and he was a total nightmare (started the season with a safety on second 2, of the first quarte first game, and things didnt get better.
    By the way, no way he could be number 2 , considering
    he didnt ever got a chance on WR, was burried on depth chart on Tennessee

  • surge619

    Ima keep saying this but I love how the new chargers “tt” is doing the most in there power and cap space etc to go after explicit raw talent…GO BOLTS

    • Stefanie Smith

      That’s a nice way to put it – raw talent.