Making A Case For Vincent Brown… Again

By Peter Thompson
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Sep 9, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) signals to his receivers as he calls a play during first half action against the Texans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY

6. Better Supporting Cast:

Here was the SAD depth chart at the wide receiver position at the end of 2013:

1. Keenan Allen
2. Vincent Brown
3. Eddie Royal (sometimes)
4. Seyi Ajirotutu (only had 3 receptions)
5. Lavelle Hawkins (non-existent)

It is absolutely amazing that the coaching staff got any production out of this unit, whatsoever! Before the season even got rolling, we lost our #1 and #2 wide receivers. There were other targets to throw to… Gates, Woodhead, Green, and even Mathews. But, losing your top two guys out of the gate is devastating. Then all we had left was a rookie, a guy with a bum toe, and a guy coming off of a broken ankle. On top of this, they were all learning a new system. Well, we owe Mike McCoy & Co. a tip of the hat, and a lot of gratitude to Ken Whisenhunt.

The key component to winning this season, is health. The wide receiving Corps MUST enter the season healthy (KEEP YOUR PAWS OFF OF OUR RECEIVERS, SHAREECE WRIGHT & JAHLEEL ADDAE!!!). Even McCoy made a comment about “no-contact” in his latest presser on Tuesday. He said “We all need to take care of each other out there” after making a statement that nobody should be taking players to the ground (cough-cough Donald Butler.. who put a hit on Floyd on day one!).

Injuries are going to happen. Having said that, the Chargers AND THEIR PLAYERS should take every step necessary to minimize camp injuries this season! Especially after last year’s camp. Just ask Jonas Mouton, Danario Alexander, and Melvin Ingram.

Bottom line, this year’s cast should have WAY more receptions than they did last season, and should be healthier. Not to mention, they will take more attention away from defenses, allowing each other to get open more easily. I am willing to bet that Floyd plays at least 14 games, and I even feel like Eddie Royal will stay healthy. He got turf toe last season, but he battled through it. His hamstrings were my biggest worry, and that injury didn’t surface last season. Hopefully, he can start returning kicks, like he was supposed to in the first place.