Nov 17, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu (16) is tackled by Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll (28) during their game at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Wide Receiver Position… As It Stands Today


The wide receiver position for the San Diego Chargers still has missing pieces. Last season, there were a ton of options and it seemed to be one of the deepest positions on the roster. Injuries ruined that and now it is lacking the depth. There still will be moves made with the NFL Draft and undrafted free agents and we could possibly add a name through free agency still.

As it looks today, here is what the roster looks like:

Seyi Ajirotutu: Tutu has been a solid contributor to the special teams and he should have received more reps during the regular season with Vincent Brown struggling. He made that huge catch against the Kansas City Chiefs, but still couldn’t find time on the field. He will be fighting for a roster spot again this preseason. He showed he is a strong player on special teams and that should help him win a spot on the roster. He still has to show that he can help out on offense. Mike McCoy didn’t trust him on the filed much last season, will he trust him this coming season?

Keenan Allen: Allen is a stud. There is no other way to put it. He is a rising star and will lead this team in the passing game. He draw all the attention of the defense and he still finds ways to get open and make plays. Allen will need some help to loosen up the coverage on him though. If Malcom Floyd can get back on the field, it would be a huge help for Allen. Allen could see a lot of double teams if nobody steps up on the other side. He is one of the starters on the roster, but who will be starting opposite of him?

Vincent Brown: Brown needs to step it up in the preseason or he could find himself without a job. Brown was the starter all of last season and was a big disappointment. He never was able to get consistent production on the field and there were a number of times when Philip Rivers and him were on different pages. There is going to be some competition for his job and he will have to step up and produce. There was high hopes for Brown while he was in Norv Turner’s offense, but those hopes are wavering now.

Malcom Floyd: If Malcom is able to return to play some football, then it would be a huge upgrade to the offense. Floyd would be able to take a starting job and would be a perfect compliment for Keenan Allen. Having Floyd, Allen and Royal on offense would be a nice group of receivers for the team, but it would also have a couple of injury prone guys that are depended upon. Floyd can help stretch the field and has good chemistry with Philip Rivers. Floyd has to think about his future outside of football though. Will he even play next season?

Dontrelle Inman: Inman was a member of the CFL for the last couple of seasons and was one of the team’s leading receivers. He has good size and gained some experience with the CFL and he will get his chance to make a roster with the Chargers. The position doesn’t have much depth, so Inman might have a decent shot at making the roster.

Tobais Palmer: Palmer will be a hungry youngster that is fighting for a job in the preseason as well. He was on the team’s practice squad last season and will have the upper hand with familiarity with the players and plays, but he still has a lot of work to do. There will be a lot of young receivers brought in during training camp that will push for roster spots.

Eddie Royal: Allen and Royal are the only players that seem locked in for their roster spot for the coming season. Malcom would be locked in also, but he still has the thoughts of retirement floating around him. Royal is a solid option at the slot position for the team. He was one of the best threats in the red zone for the offense last season despite his lack of size.

The depth at the receiver position isn’t the greatest at the moment. With Malcom Floyd in limbo, the team could have even less depth at the position. Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal look like the only sure locks for the roster and Seyi Ajirotutu might have a better shot at making the roster over Vincent Brown at this point. There will be some rookies added onto the roster via the draft or undrafted free agents that will get their shot at making the roster as well. The team looked at a few options in free agency this offseason like Steve Smith, but they were not able to land anyone on the roster. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team add a vet onto the roster to compete for a job in the preseason.

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • Sergio Quintero

    I’m sure the chargers will not have any certainty on Floyd’s situation by the draft, so with that said and a particularly strong WR draft, I think we can say its a virtual certainty they will draft a WR, my guess is somewhere between round 2-4.

    With the very strong possibility that Lee, Beckham, Cooks that at least one of them is going to be there at 25, you can very easily make the argument that either might be the best player available.

    • Julien Bélair

      Cooks ftw

      • Sergio Quintero

        Out of that group of 3 I believe the order for the chargers is: Cooks, Beckham & Lee, Cooks reminds me so much of a player we know Telesco loves in T.Y. Hilton.

        Cooks has the best tape, and we know Telesco is tape drafter, Beckham is cleaner in his routes and seems to be more coachable than Lee.

        • Julien Bélair

          but Beckham come from LSU…I don’t like that.

          I feel like Verrett, cooks and nix are available, we will select cooks. And everyone will get out of their mind !

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            It’s weird that I hate wide receivers that come from LSU also… But I still like Beckham

          • Julien Bélair

            i’m just not over all the LSU bust receiver yet I think

          • Gunnar Martin

            Thanks AJ!

          • Sergio Quintero

            Julien don’t let the school get into year head, Cam Cameron is running the offense down there, whatever you think about the guy, he’s coaching them to play in a NFL style.

            I could see Verrett, Fuller, Nix & Cooks there at 25, it wouldn’t shock me that they went with Cooks the tape is pretty awesome, I still think its a corner.

            Last year they went with biggest need probably ahead of the best player, most “experts” had Lotuleilei well ahead of Fluker, just something to take into consideration for this year.

          • Julien Bélair

            Verrett fuller nix cooks ford van noy… I think it is between those guys

          • Sergio Quintero

            I think Van Noy is more like Te’o maybe they trade up in 2nd round, his value for me 40-60.

          • Julien Bélair

            He was a top 15-25 pick not a long time ago and nothing happened and he is suddenly a second day pick. I don’t buy it he will be in the first round or top5 second rd…imo

          • Sergio Quintero

            He entered the season at that level, and he had 4 sack season, he seems to have been ranked at 2nd round level from senior bowl to this day in my opinion.

            I like him, he’s a 2nd round pick to me, that’s definitely a good player.

          • Julien Bélair

            I like Dee Ford more though

          • Sergio Quintero

            I like Ford a lot, I like him more than the corners, but corner is a bigger need.

            The one player I don’t like is Roby, call him a Raider pick (Al Davis type player) a better athlete than player.

          • Julien Bélair

            Well Ford in the first and CB in the second would be awesome (wr in the third)

            Roby is not the TT type of player so we’re good. But I agree with you I don’t like him

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            If Telesco is still looking at a NT that kid from Tennessee, McCullers, looks like a good option. You can take him later, he’ll need a little time to cook since he’s a little raw (see what I did there?), and he’s an absolute run stuffer. He’ll need a little time to develop but I think he has a huge upside. Let Ford and Ingram get after the QB, Reyes and Liuget do their thing (whatever it is), and McCullers eat two blockers

          • Julien Bélair

            I like Justin Ellis more actually. McCullers is just big but his football IQ is at the floor.

            ”Reyes and Liuget do their thing (whatever it is)” hahahahahahahaah

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Mmmm he looks good. Yeah I think McCullers needs tutoring, no doubt, but I’m a firm believer in coaching. And as long as your instincts don’t counter your coaching anything can be achieved.

            Lol honestly. Do you know what their thing is?

          • Gunnar Martin

            I don’t think anyone knows what their thing is.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            They remind me of 0′s in elementary school math. Place holders.

          • Julien Bélair

            Liuget is very good if he is getting double team all game long….Reyes…well I think he doesn’t know it himself

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Ford might be in the cards. I do wonder if he’s trying to replace players on the line.

          • Daniel Sutter

            Pass rush is deep but CB is deeper. The gap between round 1 (that we can actually get at 25) and round 2 corners is less than the gap if taking a pass rusher. So if you look at improving your unit as a whole it would be wise to go PR then CB. Also gotta remember QB pressure makes your CBs better. Fuller is one of my favorites but i would rather go with Ford and then someone like Desir in the 2nd over Fuller in the 1st and someone like Attaochu or Lawrence in the 2nd. And dont hit me with the semantics cuz these are just examples…

          • Sergio Quintero

            No need to hit, we have disagreed before, but we actually agree on this one, I want the chargers to take Ford, I loved a term Acee used: the best corner in this draft is Jadeveon Clowney, nobody affects the passing game more in this draft.

            In 3-4 defense you want to have the bookends on the outside, Ingram & Ford, can torment Qb’s for years to come.

          • Daniel Sutter

            Haha missed that one from Acee but a great point indeed! i like bickering with you sergio lol. even if we disagree cuz i can tell ur a die hard like myself

          • powderBLUE801

            BYU changed how they used him last year. They put him more in drop back zone packages. This is the reason he only had 4 sacks. If he was just pure pass rushing he would have had 11 to 14 sacks easy. And his draft stock would be top 25 for sure. Imo

          • Julien Bélair

            but dropping into coverage should have been very good for his draft stock

          • powderBLUE801

            I’m closer to 35-45 on van noy.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Still pretty close, he’s good player just not 25 for me, a trade up in the 2nd is possible, they did it for Teo.

          • powderBLUE801

            Well said Sergio

  • Calman21

    June 1st cuts….I think we pick up a WR then.

    • Daniel Sutter

      agreed Calman. TT filled the roster last year after these cuts and will do so again this year.

  • Julien Bélair

    Draft cook

  • Gunnar Martin

    Calling it right now, Vincent Brown will have a surprisingly solid year. I think with a full offseason to perfect his craft, get more familiar with the system, and rediscover his chemistry with Phil, he’ll be much better this season than last. I also believe, unlike most of you, that M80 will be back for us, so splitting snaps with him could be huge too.

    • Sergio Quintero

      If Floyd is back then Brown is an afterthought, because the chargers don’t use 4 WR’s almost at all.

      I’m hoping Brown was slowed by the ankle injury, and he gets some speed and explosiveness back he seemed to lose, call it hopeful fan optimism.

      In terms of Floyd lets see what he told Pete, before putting a fork in him. Call me optimistic, if he’s talking about his future, it means he has future.

  • esco charger

    We have holes on this team idk where we would start but we are the bargain shoppers of the nfl we try to get players that nobody was big on and sell them on the San Diego discount and never have game changers and we aint even trying to.get better just on offense alone we need a RG,C,WR,and maybe a left tackle who knows when the king will get hurt again on defense we need a NT,DE,OLB,CB,and maybe strong safety but I guess TT will just wait until the average players or Below average players and then hope they have a good year but its not gona work this year last years schedule wasn’t as brutal as it is this year the way our.roster is right now idk if we make the playoffs we are just bargain shoppers

  • BlueBoltFan

    Beckham or Cooks in the 1st!

    Donte Moncrief or Jordan Matthews in the 2nd.

    Martavis Bryant, Paul Richardson (if he falls), or Jeff Janis in the 3rd.

    Josh Huff or Cody Latimer in the 4th.

  • Dave

    How about we think outside the box and have Ladarias Green on the field as a WR and/or TE as much or more than Gates?

    • Daniel Sutter

      Dave! been saying this since drafting him. would love to play Green like NO does with Jimmy. Just makes to much sence not to especially considering our WR question marks.

  • OP Bolt

    This year’s schedule is significantly more difficult than last year’s. We need a lot of better play makers in many areas across the team if we hope to be in the playoffs this year. We need too many players to sacrifice picks to trade up, but trading down for more picks looks attractive. At #25, we are likely going to miss the game changing NTs, OTs, OLBs, especially if QBs fall into the second round. However, we likely can still get a game changing CB (Fuller/Verret). The numbers for the interior of the OL are critical (in my opinion), so I would look for an OG/C in the second. The top end of the WRs will go fast, but the really good second tier guys will probably last into the third round, so I would look for a tall/fast WR in the third. Like others, I also believe we will flesh depth with the later roster cuts.