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San Diego Chargers Positional Analysis: Wide Receivers

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Success among the WRs may not solely rest on Floyd's shoulders, but a career year from him would be so huge. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Success among the WRs may not solely rest on Floyd's shoulders, but a career year from him would be so huge. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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First, a recap:

Losses Vincent Jackson
Patrick Crayton
Bryan Walters
Additions Robert Meachem
Eddie Royal
Micheal Spurlock
Roscoe Parrish
Returning Malcom Floyd
Vincent Brown
Richard Goodman
Projected Starters Robert Meachem*
Malcom Floyd
* = new starter

Strengths

  • Size: Meachem and Floyd both have size advantages against both safeties
  • Speed: Meachem is very fast, Floyd's long strides make him a deep threat, Royal is shifty and quick
  • Upside: Meachem has the pedigree of a 1st round pick that hasn't gotten a chance. When healthy Floyd is practically Pro Bowl caliber. Royal is a great underneath target when healthy. Brown has shown promise.

Weaknesses

  • Experience: Royal is the only WR who has started more than 9 games in a season. Floyd is the only player that has extended experience with the system and QB.
  • Injuries: Floyd and Royal have had injuries issues. Meachem hasn't, but wasn't exposed as much as he will be with extended playing time.
  • Depth: This goes hand-in-hand with injuries. Teams typically don't have more than 4 quality WRs, but if injuries are a concern then the next guys on the depth chart matter. Those next guys are all on the team to be kick returners. After that, it's UDFA city.