Breaking Down The Chargers - Part 3

Continuing our breakdown of the Chargers' roster, today we look at the wide receiver position. The Chargers boast a young and deep wide receiver group that is full of potential. With former Pro Bowler Chris Chambers the veteran of the group at age 30 and the unquestioned leader, one could expect the rest of the group to continue to improve in the 2009 season.

But before we get to the receivers, I have to ask - "Can we get some closure on this whole LT thing?" I mean, is he coming back or not? I understand that to rush Tomlinson's decision would be a public relations nightmare, but come on already. Word is that LT has the Chargers final restructured contract offer - it's now on LT to decide if it's good enough. Anyway...

Vincent Jackson had a career-year in 2008 and should continue to grow with QB Philip Rivers. Jackson has the speed to beat most defensive backs, and he has the physical skills to go up and wrestle the ball away from an opposing defender. I've been predicting a Pro Bowl year from Jackson each of the past 2-years; hopefully 2009 is the year in which he finally takes it the next level. It seems as though the only thing that could stop Jackson are his own questionable decisions. Early in 2009, Jackson was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. If convicted, it would be Jackson's 2nd offense and could result in a suspension similar to the 2-game suspension handed to former Kansas City Chief Jared Allen in 2007.

The duo of Chambers and Jackson have done a lot to improve the Chargers passing game over the past two-seasons, which Rivers' stats can attest to. But even more importantly, the growth of Malcolm Floyd and Legedu Naanee give the Chargers reason to be optimistic about the future. Floyd has become a more consistent deep threat and has shown flashes of dominance, while Naanee provides the Chargers with a great utility man, whether it be at wide receiver, H-back, tight-end, or scout team quarterback.

Speaking of tight-ends, you can't discuss Chargers pass-receivers without giving credit to the perennial Pro Bowler, Antonio Gates. In all honesty, it's a crime if the Chargers' receivers aren't splitting their paychecks with the super-stud tight-end. He's huge, he's skilled, and when healthy he's practically unstoppable. I believe that the Chargers receiving corp can finally be considered a strength for the team, but largely due to the talent of Antonio Gates.

I feel like I'm leaving someone out There has to be someone else playing WR for the Chargers... maybe Kassim Osgood? No, he doesn't actually play wide reciever for the Bolts.

Oh I know, it's Davis-something. Oh yeah, Craig "Buster" Davis, better known in these parts simply as "The Bust". It's unfortunate that the guy can't keep himself healthy, because I get the feeling that the Chargers are dying to use the former first-rounder. Chambers and Jackson are up for free agency soon, and Davis could be the guy to step into their shoes if the veterans left for greener pastures. But Davis so far manage has been unable to stay healthy and may soon be a forgotten part of Chargers' draft history. Consider 2009 to be his make or break season, at least for the Bolts. Davis has the opportunity to become a consistent piece of the puzzle in San Diego in 2009 and beyond, but only if he can stay healthy and make it happen.

Hey, any news on LT?... How 'bout now?

March 10, 2009

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Anonymous said... Mar 10, 2009, 5:58:00 PM

If Davis doesn't contribute his ass is outta here. I would force him to return kicks in the preseason to toughen him up!

Anonymous said... Mar 11, 2009, 12:13:00 AM

davis should be treated like mini camp fodder, just like any undrafted scrub trying to make the practice squad. if is vagina still hurts cut him.

Anonymous said... Mar 11, 2009, 10:07:00 AM


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