SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 14: Legedu Naanee #11 of the San Diego Chargers makes a reception against the Chicago Bears on August 14 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Welcome to the first installment of "What It Do, Legedu?", where San Diego Chargers WR Legedu Naanee stops by each week to answer my questions in the post and your questions in the comments. This week, Legedu and I talked about his game (1 catch, 4 yards), the Raiders, if he's more impressed by Gates or Rivers, and Boise State's national championship hopes.
Right after the game there wasn’t much talk. I don’t think a lot of us knew about it, but it is great to see him doing well. The Jets got an all-time a great running back, and they should keep running him with those numbers he put up.
How would you rate your performance on Sunday?
One catch is not any receiver's ideal game, but we won and we won big. That is the important part. Malcom and I took on some double-teams and Philip found Antonio. He has such great vision, and I don’t think he made many poor throws or decisions on Sunday. I feel great after any win.
There we no receptions by any Wide Receivers in the 1st half, and there were only 3 for the entire game. Is that a result of good coverage by the Cardinals' CBs, bad coverage against Antonio Gates, or both?
I would say it has to do with both. Watching some film you see that they were playing Malcom and I heavy, and therefore Antonio was able to get open. Philip finds the open man, and Antonio was open all day.
As someone who has played both QB and WR, are you more impressed by the play of Philip Rivers or Antonio Gates?
That’s a tough one. Philip has a lot of responsibilities back there, so I would have to edge on the side of a QB.
Last year you had arguably your best game of the season in Week 1 against the Raiders (5 rec, 49 yards) and then later had one that didn't translate so well to the stat-sheet (1 rec, 5 yards). Did they play you any differently in the second game?
We had a different game plan going into the second game. As I mentioned before, Philip is going to find the open man. Last year I did not see the field at receiver on a consistent basis, so I am just taking advantage of the opportunity and trying to make plays each week.
With the way the Raiders play, is there ever any talk leading into the games about protecting yourself from getting injured? They knocked Louis Vasquez, LaDainian Tomlinson and Nick Hardwick out last year for a significant amount of time.
Each game beats up your body, but with the Raiders it is always a bit more intense. Their crowd is always all over us, and it is a wild environment. Injuries happen, and I don’t think the Raiders take cheap shots, but this game will be intense!
If Ohio State, Alabama and Boise State all go undefeated during the regular season....should the Broncos get a shot at the championship game? Why or why not?
As a Boise State grad, I have to say of course. We just don’t lose the big games. The coaching staff always has us prepared, and we have dominated for a couple years now. I think we would give either one of those teams a game.
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