July 23, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tight end Ladarius Green (89) runs after making a catch during training camp at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Just looking over the stats of the PRESEASON. PRESEASON!!! Let’s emphasize “preseason” on this! These games don’t matter, but it still is something to look at and wonder.
Here are these funky stats:
Philip Rivers has been sacked 3 times and has the worst QB Rating on the team at 56.2. His longest completion is for 20 yards and he doesn’t have that 70% completion percentage that we were looking for. He still hasn’t lead the team to a touchdown drive. He needs a nice performance tomorrow against the Cardinals tomorrow night.
Our leading rusher is Fozzy Whitaker, but it is mainly because he has been getting a ton of the carries. I am sure that they are running him out there to see if he is worth keeping on the roster. Results have been productive.
Ryan Mathews has been running the ball at a 5.3 yard average. Only Edwin Baker has done better with a 7.2 yard average. Baker is a player I want to see more of tomorrow and in the finale.
Ladarius Green is everyone’s favorite target at this point. At least Brad Sorensen’s and Charlie Whitehurst’s favorite target. Maybe he needs to get some playing time with Philip Rivers as well. He leads the team in touchdowns and receptions and reception yards. He needs to see some time with the ones.
4 receiving touchdowns total for the team, none of them from the starters. Green and Mike Willie have a pair each.
Of the receivers that are expected to get the majority of the snaps, Keenan Allen leads the team with 4 receptions for 40 yards. Malcom Floyd, 1 reception for 1 yard. Eddie Royal, 1 reception for 6 yards. Vincent Brown, 1 reception for 9 yards. Not pretty. Malcom and Eddie’s preseason are likely done.
Dan DePalma leads receivers in receptions with 7 catches for 70 yards. Robert Meachem has seen a lot of action, but only has 1 reception during that time, but it was for 40 yards.
Sadly, Richard Goodman is leading the team in kickoff return yardage. I would rather know the team’s average starting position for each returner. Definitely more important.
One interception this year and it is by a linebacker. Donald Butler. 3 sacks in 2 games. Jarret Johnson, Corey Liuget and Jarius Wynn. Jarret Johnson also forced a fumble. this shows the depth of our defense. Most of the action in the preseason has gone to the 2nd and 3rd team, but the guys that are making plays are the starters.
We are second in the league in passing yards per game allowed by the defense behind the San Francisco 49ers. We need the first team offense to act like a juggernaut tomorrow.