Chargers Work Out Former Pro Bowl KR/PR Mark Mariani

By Ernie Padaon

Oct 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) returns a punt during the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers are looking for some help in the return game this offseason. The combination of Keenan Allen and Eddie Royal and whoever the heck they had returning kicks was not working out for the Chargers last season. The return game was terrible and we had to hope the offense would be able to march the ball down the field for 80 yards or more in order to score. Our offense was good last season and was able to make that happen a lot, but a little more help with some starting position could be nice for the Chargers.

The Chargers are looking at the possibility of bringing in KR/PR Mark Mariani onto the roster, per Howard Balzer. Mariani didn’t play the last couple of seasons after breaking his leg on a return, but the Chargers were giving him a tryout. When Mariani did play, he was one of the best in the game. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for his return skills in 2011 and set franchise records in the return game for the Titans in his rookie season.

Mariani is still only 26 years old and that injury should be healed and ready to go. He could be someone who competes for the return job in camp, if we sign him.

When was the last time we saw something like this on the Chargers:

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