Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Eddie Royal (11) celebrates with receiver Malcom Floyd (80) after scoring on a 6-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: TKirby Lee-USA ODAY Sports

Would You Be Happy With Last Year’s Receiving Group In 2014?

There has been a lot of talk about drafting a wide receiver in May. Some people think that we should take a wide receiver in the first round, and others think we should address that need somewhere around the third round. Even if the latter happened, the wide receiver class is pretty deep this year, and there is still good talent to be found there. If we were to draft a receiver in the first round, there is no doubt that having that kind of talent opposite Keenan Allen would be a thing of beauty.

But, what if we fielded the same group as last season? Would anybody be upset with that? Let’s assume that Malcom Floyd comes back to be either our #1 or #2 receiver, and we had Vincent Brown, Eddie Royal, Seyi Ajirotutu, and a late round draft pick after that. Would people be comfortable with that group taking the field this season? Obviously, we are still waiting to hear something from the Chargers regarding Malcom Floyd’s recovery, so it’s hard to gauge what’s going on, and the draft is just weeks away.

Malcom implied that he intends on returning, if he is physically able to. Meanwhile, there were reports that Tom Telesco approached players like Hakeem Nicks, and Steve Smith in free agency two weeks ago. Does that mean that Malcom is out the door, or was Telesco just preparing for the worst, in case he didn’t come back? There are so many questions, and it’s not even certain that the Chargers themselves have the answers. It appears that some fans have already moved on, and are looking for San Diego to draft Floyd’s replacement. Others are holding out for news of his return.

Another thing to think about is Vincent Brown’s production from last season. We were all expecting good things out of the youngster. After all, he was pretty impressive at the end of 2011, and at the beginning of 2012. When he broke his ankle, we were all very disappointed at the loss. Upon his return, we were equally disappointed that he had an extremely flat year. Is that a product of the new system McCoy & Company has implemented, or was he just in a funk? Can he be better in 2014? It doesn’t look like he is going anywhere, but he will definitely be competing for his “normal” position on the depth chart. I’m pretty certain that practice squad players like Mike Willie, and Dan DePalma want a piece of the pie, as well. All of this could factor into where (or even “if”) we take a wide receiver in the draft. Also, the fact that injuries have hit this group regularly still looms over any decision that is to be made.

So, if Floyd comes back to play for the Chargers this season, how would you feel about going into the 2014 season with the same group of receivers, and possibly one other late round draft pick? Would that be enough for you, or would it leave you with a bad taste in your mouth? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, and remember to vote in the poll.

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Peter Thompson

Would You Be Happy Going Into The 2014 Season With The Same Group Of Receivers As Last Season?

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  • gpack17

    no, it doesnt sound like malcolm floyd will be good to go and regardless when was the last time he played a full 16 game season. i would look to add 1 more receiver in the draft that can help us out longterm. whether its the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th.

  • Cgoodness13

    Compared to the previous season it was a good group, however we have to acknowledge that Rivers is throwing it to them and has made “meh” Receivers look like studs, so yes I think this group is good because of Rivers however if we want to give Rivers some relief we should draft another WR

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I’m down with just drafting one guy and letting him and the CFL dude battle it out for the #2 spot with Royal in the slot and VB as depth.

    • Julien Bélair

      I agree but in which round… that’s the big question

      • arnie

        It doesn’t matter where. This WR class is deep

  • Julien Bélair

    I think we need a player opposite Allen even if Malcom is back

    • Peter Thompson

      Do you think that they can get that caliber of receiver in the 3rd round, and where we pick at?

      • Julien Bélair

        I think we should look in the third or fourth round.

        NT CB OLB in first three not necessarily in that order. But if a very good receiver falls to us in the second I wouldn’t be opposed to it but definitely not in the first

  • Nick Mansoor

    Even if Floyd comes back he has to pass the physical. Jermichael Finely had a neck injury and was done with rehab. He just failed his physical. IDK, I still think we should pick up a WR in the draft if he comes back or not because he hasn’t played a full season healthy

  • Julien Bélair

    we need one… in 2015 we will only have Brown and Allen on the roster at wr…

  • afroamongfew

    Well, your question is really two questions:

    a) If the receiving corps is the same as it was last year with the assumption that everyone is HEALTHY at the start of the season, would you be satisfied with that WR corps?

    b) If the receiving corps is the same as it was last year WITHOUT the assumption that everyone is healthy and, instead, reality sets in about the injuries to Floyd and DX (and, to a lesser extent, Royal and Brown), would you be satisfied with that WR corps?

    Because I’d answer yes to a) and no to b).

  • powderBLUE801

    If we had a healthy DX and M80 with Allen, royal and brown and tutu. Yes

  • Sergio Quintero

    Much like Afroamongfew, same position if Floyd is healthy they don’t need to add players, but no Floyd means they need to bring someone else to the roster. And by the time the draft rolls around they probably wont have an answer on Floyd, so they will very likely have to draft one.

    So I expect the chargers to draft a WR from 2-5, with 3-4 round being the most likely.

  • Scott Lee Miller

    The third round seems like a charm for us Bolts & TT might as well start a tradition so much talent thru out draft.

    • Peter Thompson

      Great answer!

  • arnie

    No I wouldn’t have a problem with it. See the issues that kept the passing game going, was the run game. Adding D.Brown made the Chargers ground attack more potent, as well as another pair of hands that can catch out of the back field. With the emergence of Green, it makes it even more difficult to double Allen and Gates, while having to worry about the back field. Lastly, conservative play calling as another factor that never really seemed to let the team cut loose. Example if a team can’t stop the run, why are you throwing it on 1st goal on the 4 yard line? Three straight times? If a WR has great chemistry with a your QB, and has been clutch for you in many situations, including a game winning TD catch, why is he not elevated to getting more catches?
    See I don’t see a need to add a WR in the first round. Telesco has expressed his desire to add speed to offense, and you can get a good pair of hands in the later rounds. However if there is no-brainer at 25, take him.

  • rod

    a good reciever the chargers can pick up in the later rounds that could have major upside due to his route running abilities, hands, and work ethic is Jared Abbrederis from Wisconson. He reminds me a lot of Jordy Nelson. Could work his way up to a #2 receiver for the Chargers!

  • Tom Spalsbury

    Yes !

  • Peter Thompson

    Wow… the poll is split right down the middle.

  • OkStateChargerFan

    I think if Marquise Lee or Mike Evans is there, TAKE them, otherwise wait till 3/4 round.

  • Steve Diaz

    Even if M80 does return, he has never stayed healthy for a full season. I have a feeling that if our #1 and #2 receivers did return (Danario and Floyd), they would both be hurt by the 3rd or 4th game, thus putting MM in the same situation as last year. With Keenan becoming such a great draft pick, I say we need to draft another WR, but not in the first round. Donald Brown, Matthews, and Woodhead can also catch out of the backfield, and since we have Donald Brown, I feel that Frank Reich will be relying more on the power running game for ball control, so we need our receivers to block. That is why we also picked up the TE/FB from Pittsburgh,. Drafting another OG that is a run mauler should be high on the draft list. Our run game will protect Rivers, and also give us a great play action when others teams load the box to protect against the run. That is why Gates and Green should be very effective. If we can pick up a big WR who can also block, that is the player who I’d like to draft.