Jan 3, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert (4) intercepts a pass as Missouri Tigers wide receiver Marcus Lucas (85) chases during the first half in the 2014 Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers were solid last season. They moved the football down the field and they slowed down offenses enough in order to win games. They got into the playoffs and won a game with that gameplan. There definitely was something that was missing from the team all last season though. The team lacked a little something going into the playoffs.
Tom Telesco knows about the missing link already. He talked about it a little after the team was eliminated from the playoffs. He said that he wanted to add more speed onto the roster.
Speed is one thing, but I believe his definition of speed is “WE NEED SOME BIG PLAYS.” We didn’t have anyone on the field that could make the big play. We didn’t have that quick strike on offense. We didn’t have that defense that could force a turnover. We didn’t have a return specialist that could break loose and pick up huge chunks of yards. The team had to work long and hard in order to get points on the board.
This offseason, we will be looking for home run threats. We will be looking for someone that can take the football and make something big happen when they touch it. On special teams, on defense and on offense. Players like that are rare to come by, but we will be looking to add as many of those playmakers as possible.
September 1, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back DeAnthony Thomas (6) runs for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
That is why names like Justin Gilbert are intriguing in the draft. Gilbert is a standout corner and also can be a threat in the return game.
That is why DeAnthony Thomas might be on the radar later in the draft. That is why the team could be looking for a receiver near the top of the draft. We have the ability to move the chains on offense, we just don’t have the home run threat to bail us out from time to time.
We will be looking for home run hitters. What home run threats would you like to see the team add this offseason?