Morning Dump

By Ernie Padaon

Heading into the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers surprisingly don’t have too many holes to fill, as their roster is filled with talent but ultimately underachieved in the 2011 season with an 8-8 record.

The Chargers’ director of player personnel is the third person in his family with that name and the second to join the NFL ranks. He is the son of a college quarterback and a professional defensive back better known for decades as an NFL assistant coach. Jimmy Raye II was recently hired as senior offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the latest entry on a long resume featuring prestigious positions throughout the league.

Like Panthers free agent defensive end Antwan Applewhite – another former Charger – the 6-3, 258-pound Tucker can play defensive end or linebacker. Because Tucker was not with a team last season, the Panthers were able to sign him before March 13, the first day teams can sign other clubs’ free agents.

When the San Diego Chargers indicated they would not use the franchise tag on receiver Vincent Jackson, many believed the 29-year-old wideout would use his impending free agency to find a new home. Apparently, things may not be as clear-cut as that.

If the San Diego Chargers are unable to re-sign unrestricted free agent Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston would be a great replacement.  Jackson played in at least 15 games in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.  In these 63 games, Jackson has caught 228 passes for 3,994 yards and 28 touchdowns.  In this same time span, Colston has caught 295 passes for 4,179 yards and 33 touchdowns while appearing in 57 games.  I took out their 2010 stats because Jackson only played five games that season.