Dec 16, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) makes a reception while defended by San Francisco 49ers defensive back Chris Culliver (29) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium. The San Francisco 49ers won 41-34. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
With news of the injury to Danario Alexander, we instantly want to look to free agency for the fix. A lot of people are matching the pair of Brandon Lloyd and the San Diego Chargers. Lloyd was a member of the Mike McCoy‘s offense in Denver and had success, so why not. He could have some success in our offense also, but we already have the fix in house.
Of all the positions to suffer from a devastating injury, the Chargers receiver positions had the most depth. With Danario Alexander out, the next man up on the roster can get the spot to show his worth. This gives Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal the opportunity to see some significant playing time. This gives Robert Meachem the opportunity to move up from 6th on the depth chart. This gives the opportunity for a youngster like Richard Goodman or Mike Willie to make the roster.
I think Richard Goodman makes this roster now with the injury. Eddie Royal can be the punt returner and Goody would be the kick returner. Goody can have a bigger role in the offense if called for.
The panic button doesn’t need to be pushed with Danario Alexander going down. We all knew that we would have injuries with this group of wide receivers. It was inevitable. Now that a big injury has happened, we don’t have to go nuts trying to fill the hole. There already was someone in place for the situation.
Keenan Allen had the potential to be a first round draft pick, but slipped because he didn’t test well. I thought he was the best receiver in the draft. Now he will get an opportunity to show that potential. He is a perfect fit for this offense. He has the quickness to get open off of the line of scrimmage and has the ability to make people miss when he has the ball in his hands.
Eddie Royal is another player that fits the mold for this offense and this will get him more opportunities on the field. He has that same ability to get open at the line and make people miss. Both players can be monsters after the catch.
Don’t forget Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown. We don’t need to go looking through free agency for a fix… at least not for wide receiver. There are other positions on the roster that could use some help with depth and receiver is not one of them.
Plus, I heard Brandon Lloyd was a jerk. Just hearsay.