Former Bills and 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson chose to sign with the Chargers on Tuesday for three years and about $10.5 million. That fills a much-needed veteran receiver spot after Eddie Royal signed with the Bears. So, are they done? Do the Bolts need to draft a receiver? Yes, they still need to draft a receiver.
Receivers currently on the active roster: Keenan Allen, Malcom Floyd, Stevie Johnson, Jacoby Jones, and Dontrelle Inman.
Allen is the youngest at 22, and the one with the most upside. The second youngest is Inman. He played a total of two games last season and did fine, but seems to have little upside. Johnson, 28, has seen his production fall off since his last season in Buffalo (2013). Floyd and Jones are 33 and 30, respectively. M-80 is two seasons removed from what could have been a career-ending neck injury. In 2014, he played a 16-game season for the second time in his career. Jacoby seems to be more of a deep threat receiver than an every down receiver. So, with that being said, the depth on this team in the receiving corps is still thin.
Some receivers to watch for in this upcoming draft:
This year’s NFL draft is loaded with wide receivers. This is a perfect opportunity for the Bolts to draft one. Here’s a few that could be there for San Diego at pick #17:
DeVante Parker: Senior from Louisville 6’3″, 209 pounds.
He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 36 1/2 inches. His last season at Louisville he had 43 catches for 855 yards and five touchdowns. He leaves Louisville with 2,775 career receiving yards and 33 career touchdown catches, ranking him in the top-five in Louisville football history in those categories. Every time I watched him, he looked a lot like Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown. He could come in right away and help out.
Jaelen Strong: Junior from Arizona State 6’2″, 217 pounds.
He ran a 4.4 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 42 inches. His last season at Arizona State he had 82 catches for 1,165 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is a very good jump-ball receiver who is a crisp route runner. His hands are the best part about him. He has hands similar to those of Odell Beckham Jr, as in the ball sticks to him. He could have an impact day one.
Dorial Green-Beckham: 6’5″, 237 pounds.
He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 33 1/2. He transferred from Missouri to Oklahoma and was suspended for the 2014 season. But in the final season he played, he had 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has a big catching radius and quarterbacks can just throw the ball up to him, something Philip Rivers loves to do. He has been compared to Julio Jones, in terms of talent. His off-the-field trouble has him ranked as the fifth best receiver by many in this draft class. If it wasn’t for the off-the-field troubles, he could very well be battling Amari Cooper and Kevin White for the number one ranked receiver in the class.
The Chargers should take a look at all three of these options at #17 for receiver help. If this is the way general manager Tom Telesco wants to go, he will add an immediate starter and a future number one receiver to go along with Keenan Allen. What do you guys think? Who do you like in the draft? Let me know below!
It was announced yesterday that the Chargers signed, former Buffalo Bills guard, Chad Rinehart. The signing left many exclaiming that we had signed the wrong ex-Bill. Andy Levitre was signed by the Tennessee Titans, much to the chagrin of Charger Nation.
However, I did a little research on Rinehart and walked away pleasantly surprised.
First off, he is 6’5″ 321. He is a big man. Although he has played for 3 different teams – Washington, New York Jets, and, Buffalo – he had a stellar 2011 season with the Bills. According to Pro Football focus, Rinehart rated 3rd in the league in pass protection and also ranked well in run blocking.
Here’s the catch. Unfortunately, Rinehart will fit in with a good portion of the team’s roster as he has had more than his fair share of injures. This is a low cost, high reward signing. He has come out and said that he came to San Diego to earn a starting guard spot with the team. He is said to be a quality backup that has 17 games of starting experience.
He also has ties with new offensive line coach, Joe D’Alessandris, formerly of Buffalo.
Tom Telesco has done a good job, thus far, of building quality depth and perhaps even finding a couple value starters for the Chargers.
In Telesco we trust? I can say that I certainly do. But, as you all know, we are still in the infant stages of free agency and haven’t even been witness to what he will do in the upcoming NFL draft. The pressure is on. I’m looking forward to see how Telesco and his staff handle this pressure. We will all know soon enough.
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In what comes as very positive news, the San Diego Union Tribune has reported that the Chargers have expressed interest in free agent guard Andy Levitre. Although he has yet to make a pro bowl, Levitre is a very solid guard.
It doesn’t hurt that he has ties with Chargers new offensive line coach, Joe D’Alessandris. Levitre would be a great pickup for the Chargers as there could very well be a need at both guard positions going into 2013.
Louis Vasquez is going to test the market in free agency. Tyronne Green is a backup at best.
If the team were to sign Andy Levitre, it would definitely be a step in the right direction of rebuilding the Bolts’ offensive line.
This is certainly very exciting news.
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