Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) runs for a first down after a reception against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Telesco spoke with the media in the middle of the week and he shared his thoughts of the season and what he will be looking to do in the coming season. One of the things that stood out was his need for speed. Tom Telesco mentioned that he would like to add more speed on offense.
The San Diego Chargers were ranked 4th in the passing game and 13th in rushing. The team didn’t have many problems moving the ball down the field. They were able to march down the field with a strong rushing attack and an efficient passing gam, but one of the things that was missing on the Chargers offense was the big play. The team had to hold onto the football and march down the field in order to score. There are not a lot of players on the roster that have the ability to stretch the field. There are not a lot of home run threats on the roster.
We need the home run threat. We need someone that can take the football and go 50+ yards for the score. The blast that Ronnie Brown had against the Bengals sealed the game. We need more plays like that on offense.
Keenan Allen was the biggest threat on offense, but he was not a burner. Part of the reason Allen slipped to the 3rd round in the draft was because he is not a burner. Allen is great in the passing game. He won’t beat you over the top, but he will beat man coverage every time and he find holes on crossing routes. He is also great at picking up yards after the catch.
Adding more team speed on offense would be an added dimension to an already good offense. Just make sure the players are still good football players and don’t go the Al Davis route and sign track stars to play football. Can’t wait to meet some of the new burners on the team.
In free agency, there are players like Jeremy Maclin, Golden Tate, James Jones, Jacoby Jones and Dexter McCluster available. There are a number of players in the draft that could be available as well to help the team. One name that we should watch for late in the draft is Oregon RB DeAnthony Thomas.
Thomas will likely be available late in the draft. He played running back at Oregon but would likely have to play in the slot in the NFL. He has good hands and can take it to the house when he gets the ball in his hands.
Here is the type of player we would be getting.