No. 3: Freddie Jones
Now here’s a name from the past.
Freddie Jones was chosen in the second round of the 1997 draft out of North Carolina. He played just five seasons for the Chargers but was a solid contributor in that time.
He’s also the answer to a great trivia question as he is the man to have caught the first touchdown pass ever thrown by Drew Brees, and there’s been a lot of them.
He caught at least 35 passes and averaged at least 10 yards per catch in each of his five years with the team and was particularly good from 1998-2000. His best season came in 2000 when he caught 71 passes for 766 yards and five touchdowns as he became one of the better tight ends in the entire league.
After leaving the Chargers and signing with the Arizona Cardinals in 2002, his career lasted three more seasons. He played well there too, catching 144 passes in his time in the desert.
He retired at the age of 30 to spend more time with family but began a new venture, coaching children with disabilities along with former NFL safety George Teague.
His 260 receptions still rank as the third-most ever by a Chargers tight end. How often is his name ever mentioned among the team’s top tight ends?
That’s because the top two guys make it easy to forget or dismiss most everyone else. Who could they possibly be? Let the list continue.