Is wide receiver becoming a concern for the Chargers?


With some unsettling news last Friday regarding the future of Malcolm Floyd’s career, wide receiver is all of a sudden becoming a question mark for San Diego. Floyd’s neck is reportedly very sore and the words “career threatening” are now being thrown around with the injury he suffered week 2 of the 2013 season. The good news, however, is the Chargers are looking to bring back Danario Alexander. Alexander is a great talent with a remarkable string of bad luck when it comes to injuries. Coming off a torn ACL and a fifth surgery to his left knee, the former Missouri standout is set to become a unrestricted free agent in March. Alexander is 6’5” 217 lbs and has been a matchup nightmare for NFL corners when healthy. The concern comes if the Chargers aren’t able to re-sign Alexander.

Keenan Allen looks like he will be a clear-cut top ten wide receiver in the NFL for years to come. Allen will likely be classified as a possession receiver, but also has that elusive big-play ability. To continue the development of Allen, San Diego needs to get more production from its other receivers. In 2013, Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown didn’t get the job done. Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green will do a nice job of keeping coverage away from Keenan Allen, but the Chargers need a receiver opposite of the breakout rookie that can help the offense when Allen faces a shutdown corner. Bringing back Alexander provides a big body, and a matchup nightmare for opposing secondaries trying to cover the likes of Allen, Green and Alexander. If the Chargers can’t bring back Alexander, they will need to find a receiver that can create separation.

One logical receiving threat would be current wide receiver Eddie Royal. I, personally, am a huge Eddie Royal fan; I think he is a quality guy off the field and a fairly underrated player. Unfortunately, he has had some problems staying healthy and played through much of 2013 below 100 percent. The one weapon this offense is missing is a true speedster that is capable of going the distance from any spot on the field. Drafting or signing a player that is dangerous in the open field could not only help the offense, but could take Keenan Allen and Ronnie Brown off the kick return teams, and provide the Chargers a much needed boost on special teams.

Hopefully, the Chargers are able to give Danario Alexander another chance, and all signs are pointing to his return, but with concerns surrounding Alexander, Floyd and Royal, the Chargers could look to upgrade this position of apparent depth.

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