Poll: Who Will Be The #1 Receiver?

 

The draft has passed, and the Chargers didn’t select a top receiver. Malcom Floyd is now ready to go. Keenan Allen is coming off of a spectacular rookie season. Behind them, we have Eddie Royal, Vincent Brown, Tevin Reese, Seyi Ajirotutu, and a few newly acquired possibilities.

So, who will be listed as the #1 receiver when the official depth chart is released? Your guess is as good as mine.

On one hand, Floyd was the #1 receiver going into the 2013 season. He was looking really good, before he got taken out by a wicked hit in week two. He was on fire, man! Had that injury not happened, he could have been on pace for a pro-bowl season. Floyd has been no stranger to injury, but that could have happened to anyone. He was catching a pass over the middle, and got CLOCKED… plain and simple. It had absolutely nothing to do with his injury history. It was just awful luck.

Enter Keenan Allen. He was, self admittedly, on the verge of quitting the team, due to a lack of playing time. He was seen sporting a Raiders hat, which set everyone sideways. Eric Weddle had to have a “heart to heart” with him about that. Then he came in, and blew the competition up. He had highlight reel performances, and was able to shake double teams, despite there being no other real wide receiving threat. He came an inch shy of “Rookie of the Year”.

So, what do McCoy & Telesco do now? Floyd’s performance, prior to the injury, was the best thing we’d seen since Vincent Jackson left. Floyd finally stepped up into that #1 receiver role, was playing with a chip on his shoulder, and was taking a commanding role at the top of the depth chart. Then, Keenan Allen came in, and proved every draft day critic wrong. He made his presence known.

In one hand, you have a decade of experience with Floyd, who seemed to be peaking at a very high level. In the other hand, you have a less experienced receiver in Allen, but he is a gosh darn superstar!

All I know, is that on day one, I don’t care who the starting receiver is. I just know that there are two #1 receivers, and it’s #3 from there. Who knows who will perform at a higher level? It will be interesting to see if youth shines, or if experience prevails.

It almost  reminds me of “The Greatest Show On Turf”, when Isaac Bruce & Torry Holt lit up the league for three years straight, behind a dominating running game. That campaign led to a Superbowl Championship Title in 1999. The Chargers seem to be setting themselves up for similar success.

Now, the only question is, who will Philip go to? Probably the receiver that is more open.

Keep Bolting Toward Excellence!

Peter Thompson

 

Who Will Be Listed As The #1 Receiver When The Official Week One Depth Chart Is Released?

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Tags: Keenan Allen Malcom Floyd San Diego Chargers

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Was Malcolm ever a truly #1 WR?

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

      August 6th, 2012:

      WR1
      Malcom Floyd
      Vincent Brown
      Roscoe Parrish
      Michael Spurlock
      Philip Payne

      WR2
      Robert Meachem
      Eddie Royal
      Richard Goodman
      Taylor Embree
      Jason Barnes

      He was also listed as the #1 when 2013 began. Obviously, there can be all kinds of arguments made here. But, to answer your question… Yes, he was the #1 receiver at the beginning of the last two consecutive seasons.

      • Julien Bélair

        they can list him #1 if they want that doesn’t make him a #1 receiver

        • BlueBoltFan

          The only reason he’s not a true #1 WR is because of injuries. From a skill set standpoint he has everything you’d want from a top WR.

          • Julien Bélair

            I agree

          • Sergio Quintero

            As Trotter used to say the most important ability is availability, I never doubt the skills but to expect Floyd for a full season seems unrealistic, I’m hoping for the best but the history is there.

          • Julien Bélair

            I expect 12-14 games this year

          • Sergio Quintero

            Yeah 12-14 sounds about right hopefully its 14 or more, hoping for the best. If Floyd plays anything close to 14 games, then its virtual certainty that Brown’s numbers will be even smaller than last year’s disappointing stat line.

          • Julien Bélair

            if that happened he will rarely see the field

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

          Like I said… Obviously, there can be all kinds of arguments made here.

          • arnie

            LOL depends on the context….

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        Thanks for the info.

        Man, apart from M80 and Royal, that’s a pretty sad list of WRs.

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

          Right? I thought last year was thin.. lol. 2012 was even worse to start off. Alexander was a miracle. That’s what AJ let it cone to.

  • Nick619chargers4life

    Floyd of course

  • Julien Bélair

    Allen no doubt

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Slow day huh?

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

      Slow weekend… can’t you hear the crickets out there? Gotta love the offseason.

      • arnie

        Nope it’s just How things go down at Chargers park. No Drama.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    Hopefully it’s someone in the secondary picking passes all day

  • Jimbojangles

    You line ‘em both up and play ball

    • Sergio Quintero

      Can’t say any better, just having together can make this offense a 28 ppg team.

  • Bill Nichols

    Like the man says………. Number 1 receiver will be whomever PR17 sees open. But sure hope Floyd gets his butt back in the mix and has a very solid season. We need those amazing hands, stay healthy my man. Can not wait to see you back on the field!! Bolts baby!!

  • navw21

    It really doesn’t matter who they are going to put at one or at two on the depth chart. The team is going to put both Allen and Floyd all over the field. KA13 and M80 can work on either the left or the right as well as the slot.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Rivers really will set the tone as to ranking…sort of. Some rookie with one good season… I don’t see him ruling the roost. But you never know. Both will likely be out there.

  • RZ

    It doesn’t matter really,it’s about making the plays when you’re number is called.So I hope they all are play makers..I just hope M80 can stay healthy all season. along with the rest of the squad.

  • BlueBoltFan

    I picked Keenan Allen mainly because he’s an ascending player. I actually think the #1 target will change week-to-week, assuming both are healthy. Whichever WR opposing defenses aren’t working to take away will get the most targets. And the best part, even if teams double up on both receivers, there’s still Green, Woodhead, Royal, and Gates to deal with. And that’s just in the passing game.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Really good point, BlueBoltFan. It likely will change week to week, depending on the opponent, etc.

  • Tony Dangle

    I didn’t want to but I picked M80! Allen is a beast and should become the number 1 by game 5 if he continues to play at last year level!

  • Sergio Quintero

    Does it really matter they both will be on the field, Allen will be the short-intermediate option (split-end) and Floyd will be the intermediate/long option (flanker). Rivers will throw the ball to the player that is getting open.

    I will say Allen because he’s ascending player and the expectation for his health and greater, but if Floyd can play close to the 16 games I have no doubt in my mind he will collect his first 1,000 yard season. Since this offense unlike the antiquated Norv one actually gives WR’s some easy short catches that pad the stats, and it doesn’t expect WR to make every catch 20 yards downfield.

    I do know that keeping Floyd healthy will be a huge key to the chargers success, since the chargers will face the murderer row of no1 corners in the league this season.

    A better question is how much will Green be part of the offense and how much of a decline in production will Gates have this season, in terms of dropping in the totem poll behind the WR’s and how much will Green take away in Gates production??

    • arnie

      Gates has always been a better Red Zone option. The key to his production is creating a deep threat again, which Gates prospered under.

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

        Agree 110%.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I’m hoping I am wrong, but Gates looked a step slow and just not the same player for the 2nd half of the season. He played like Gates we know and love for the first 5 weeks:
        32 catches 438 yards 2 TD’s, the per games averages are: 6.4 catches 87.6 yards.

        The rest of the season was not good: 48 catches 449 yards 2 TD’s, the averages for those 13 games (which includes 3 catches for 15 yards in the playoffs) is: 3.7 rec 34.5 yards. A full season at that average is 59 catches & 552 yards. My guess is that Gates is a lot closer to 60 catches & 600 yards than his numbers of 2013. I want him to prove me wrong, but father time is undefeated.

        The optimistic narrative you can take is, that he was taken away by defenses and double teamed, the reality is that Allen was the player that was mostly double teamed late in the season. If Gates gets covered one on one by linebackers and safeties he is still a very useful player, he just isn’t a player that can break bracket double coverage any more.

        • arnie

          Age will make every player a step slow. That’s not an issue for me, I can see that as well. The truth is Allen never really took the the top off the D. Which left help over the top for Gates.
          It’s about doing what your players do best, and norv wanted Gates in a role as a slot or WR option. That was never his thing. Gates made his money moving the chains and being a threat in the red zone.
          The facts are he’s not the player he used to be, BUT he still commands doubles, and game playing from defenses, for a reason. Context, his success was directly tied to how the passing was as deep threats.

  • Adam

    What up Pete?? Hey bolt beat fam!!! Sorry I’ve been O.C.C. for a while…I’ve been so busy with college it’s ridiculous. But I still read every article. I’m actually writing to ask if you’ve read the article on bleacher report about Donald brown taking over for R.M. I think it’s complete BS. At least I hope it is. I want to see ryan make a push for a 2-4 year new contract. Is there any truth to it? Like he was saying that RM missing OTAs was a big indicator of him being in contract disputes but AG and Dwight Freeney also missed out. I just wanted some other opinions besides that dudes. Thanks

    • Adam

      I meant O.O.C out of commission my bad

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

      Whuzzup Adam? Good to hear from you again. I didn’t catch that article. However, I think that it will all depend on what kind of year Mathews has. If he has a ridiculously great (injury free) season, I can see the Chargers possibly re-signing him right away. But, if they low-ball him, he will be allowed to test free agency. Running backs are a “dime-a-dozen” these days, especially in this passing league. There MIGHT be a team willing to pay big bucks for RM24, if they really need a veteran back. But, with his injury history, and the fact that he isn’t getting any younger, he might have a hard time getting the money he wants. If nobody will pay him, the Chargers might offer him a fair contract to stay. If he has another one of his injury-plagued seasons, and coughs up the ball too much again, I think you can stamp his ticket out of town. If he plays well, but not great, they might keep him on the cheap, as veteran depth, and give Donald Brown a shot. Either way, this is a “prove-it year” for Mathews, even though he had a good season last year. He has to show that he can continue that trend.

      • Stefanie Smith

        What if Donald Brown stinks? I always wondered why the Colts unloaded Brown if he was so good.

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

          That would be a shame. He only has to give Mathews a breather, or let Mathews heal up if he gets dinged. Part of the reason Mathews couldn’t play effectively during the playoffs, was because they needed him. He kept running, even though he had a high ankle sprain. If he would have gotten some rest when it originally happened, and had a back up capable of holding down the fort during our playoff run, he could have been used sparingly, yet effectively.. even though he was injured. He basically had to carry the entire load because Ronnie Brown & Woodhead couldn’t get the running game going.

      • bolt Ness is key

        I know it’s early but a mock has chargers selecting t.j yeldon Alabama rb they act like Mathews sucks or something lol

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

          Seriously? They do?!!! Lol… if the 2015 draft were the equivalent of having a baby… it is a twinkle in Daddy’s eye right now… hahaha.

      • arnie

        I thought it was a “prove it year” for RM24 last year? I would say it’s more of a “give us a reason to keep you year”.

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

          Correct. But, that petty much goes for every nfl player. You’re preaching to the choir, though. He already proved it to me in 2013, and I would keep him. Hope TT N McCoy fell that way too. It doesn’t seem like a lot of fans & critics realize his worth most times. Unfortunate.

          • arnie

            I’m just funning Pete… ;)

        • Adam

          Yes! And he stepped up! I don’t want a Michael turner type situation happening to us again, except in this case, RM is better than Turner IMO

      • Adam

        I don’t know why I have feelings for the kid. I guess it’s because when we drafted him I was so excited…and I always have those feelings at the beginning of each new season like, “this will be his year.” Idk I hope he tops last season.

    • Stefanie Smith

      RM only missed OTAs for one day. Antonio Gates is who I am worried about. Freeney has a pass as he is still training/doing rehab with his own trainers.

      • Adam

        Good call. Yeah it is really odd for gates to miss out

    • Gunnar Martin

      Hey Adam! I saw that headline, but there was no way I was gonna read it. That guy bothers me a TON. Ryan has his role established on the team until he shows that he simply isn’t as good as he was last year or his contract runs out. We can reevaluate after the season is over, and by then I feel like he will have earned himself an extension. I have a lot of faith in him. The difference in the team’s performance between when he was playing and when he wasn’t was drastic. The fact that Mathews missed one day of a voluntary team activity means nothing.

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

        Agree 110%.. who wrote the article? That Raider fan Chris Hansen?

        • Gunnar Martin

          YUP

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

            Suprise Surprise.. lol.

      • Sergio Quintero

        The missing a day of camp is making a mountain out of mole hill, but getting a long term deal from the chargers when they are already paying Brown starter’s money and they probably can fit one other large RB deal not 2, so all signs point to Mathews or Woodhead not both, its easier to find RB that can come close to Mathews rather than finding another Woodhead. The NFL is a cold hearted business.

      • Adam

        Yea man I got half way through it and I couldn’t even finish it. It was just getting me mad. It’s nice to get some fresh perspective.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Unfortunately its a damn good article and probably true, Mathews is playing for his job, its a position where basically no team wants to pay for it, Brown’s 3.5 million, is starter’s money in the current NFL, so either Mathews plays out of his mind and forces the chargers hand, to offer him a serious contract or he takes 4 million or less to be a 50%-65% of the carries back with Brown, and he probably can make more money elsewhere, good luck on making any player to take less money, but the fact the chargers already are spending 3.5 on Brown means, that its either Mathews or Woodhead, or the chargers budget will get out of whack.

      Woodhead’s skills as a 3rd down back are actually harder to develop and find, which are excellent pass blocking and route running, which most rookies are actually very poor at, but an effective runner can be found across the draft. As seen with Kevin Faulk who played into his mid 30′s, 3rd down backs actually have a longer life span than your workhorse back, so I expect Woodhead to get the contract.

      For Mathews sake stay healthy and produce like crazy, you either will get paid here or elsewhere. But the odds are less than 50% that Mathews is back in 2015. The tendency in the NFL is not to give a 2nd contract to RB’s because the 2nd is the most expensive contract in a player’s career and with the position being so undervalued and the draft produces so many solid players at the position, enough that most teams have a solid stable of 3, expect the chargers to address their RB situation early and its a particularly good RB class with Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, T.J. Yeldon, Mike Davis & Karlos Williams having 1-2 round grades.

      • powderBLUE801

        Hey Sergio. I read the artical and I have to agree with you it was a pretty good read and was very true. I don’t think Chris Hansen was slamming us at all and he had some truth to his artical. Whether us charger fans want to admit it or not RM24 is on his last leg in SD. He will need to blow the socks off the coaches this year if he wants to remain a charger. And I personally think he wants out of SD and wants a fresh start somewhere else.

        • Sergio Quintero

          I don’t know if he wants out, but I’m pretty sure he knows that the current front office is in no hurry to offer him a long term deal, and that they will let his current contract play out and let him test the market.

    • Joel

      The good news is this: It is apparent that the chargers are going to lean heavily on the running game this year from the decisions they are making. good continuity on the offensive line, an excellent O-line coach. great power O-line in Watt, Fluker, Hardwick ect. Also the fact that we have 2 potential #1 power running backs under contract that can spell each other and not cripple the offense if one gets banged up. This actually should help them stay healthy because they can rest when they need to without letting the team down…When woodhead or the other brown came on the field last year it was a pass 3/4 of the time. so a defense could cue to play the pass based on the running back… Matthews was successful despite people knowing that it was likely going to be a run when he was on the field, the problem was once he sprained his ankle he was limited, who knows what could have happened in Denver if we had another power runner at that time?. We get emotionally attached to our favorite players and I won’t be happy to see matthew’s or woodhead go. but what I do hope is that this is the beginning of a trend to start carrying 2 starting power running backs. Rivers will have the potential of starting for the next 5 + years if he can lean heavily on a great run game and o-line and not have to take so many sacks and hits because he’s the main playmaker behind a merely average or worse run game.
      Whatever decision is made next season could be difficult, I think we still have an amazing season of football before that luckily! maybe Brown won’t be that good, who knows? all I know is that we should have both of them balling out and it could be a beautiful thing to see. I really would love to watch the chargers drop the war hammer with a NFL leading run game!

      • Adam

        Yeah dude the biggest thing I took out of what you wrote was the rivers aspect…that’s very true he can last much longer with a run heavy offense. I love the thought of that. And I am emotionally attached to RM :( I really hope he makes it impossible to cut with his performance this year.

  • powderBLUE801

    Call me crazy but Allen is the man now!! Until proven otherwise. I think we will have 3 WR and a few TE with over 600 yards easy.

  • OP Bolt

    What is your definition of #1 WR? I frankly don’t know what #1 WR means anymore. What is the designation based on – simply how the team lists the WRs on their official roster, salary, position on the field (X, Y, or Z), number of catches, number of opportunities, yards, the most dangerous deep threat, …, etc.? Is Wes Welker a #1 WR? If not, why not? Considering all of the game specific formations, and variations of formations which move the receivers into multiple positions, you have 3 (sometimes 4, sometimes 5) starting WRs. Maybe the #1 WR can only be known at the end of the year.

    Enough of that. I think the Chargers will list Floyd as WR 1.

  • BruisingChargers

    Nice article Peter. I voted for M80 because he is that (Deep Threat wide receiver we desperately need.) You put him out with Green and Royal in the middles and who knows what havic they can create

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

      Thanks BC!

  • jamfed

    IMHO: Gates is the #1 and has been the #1 for the last 10 years… He’s 33 and not over the hill (yet)

  • arnie

    The #1? If you’re talking about the best? That’s a different poll. If this is a discussion about “depth chart”, I give the nod to malcom. Allen is still up an coming and I have not doubt he’ll be lined up opposite to Floyd. The reality is Floyds experience gives him an edge, not to mention his ability to make plays, is still at a high level. If you’re going to have someone lead the way, in the WR corps, it’s a good thing Floyd is capable of carrying that load.
    Floyd is #1, Allen #2. The battles will start for #3 on down.

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

      Yep.

      And yes, I was talking about depth chart.. for now.

  • Michael Popowich

    I say go with Keenan, based on the year he had for his rookie one, so he will be that much better this year, plus, coming back from the serious injury that Floyd had, and being injury prone, he should be the second option, to put less pressure on him, so he hopefully stays around for the whole season.

  • NativeSanDiegan

    First thing I thought of was the New Orleans Saints and who is their no. 1 receiver. Marques Colston or TE Jimmy Graham? Both? As you stated about Rams with Holt and Bruce; or Colts with Harrison and Wayne. It doesn’t matter. I think you need 2 top producing guys, plus a couple of specialists-a possession receiver (besides Allen) and a burner that can catch. Took me a while to find time to write this with my phone, but that’s my 2 cents worth. You can throw in a big receiver who will go up and grab it in the endzone.