Heading into training camp, the Chargers considered themselves to be the deepest at the receiver position. With the team losing Danario Alexander for the year and Malcom Floyd for at least the preseason, the U-T San Diego’s Kevin Acee suggests that the team should bring in a veteran receiver to bolster the depth. But should they?
With the top two wideouts gone for now, that leaves the team with Vincent Brown and rookie Keenan Allen on the outside and veteran Ronnie Brown in the slot. Vincent Brown was poised for a breakout year last year before suffering a season-ending broken ankle. He was on the same path this year until he ran into some hamstring issues. Allen, a first round talent, fell to the Chargers in the third due to him having issues with his knee at the end of college.
With injury concerns with all the receivers, it’s easy to say the Chargers should bring in another receiver. But I don’t think they should. The team still has future hall of famer Antonio Gates catching passes. Though not as fast as he used to be, he’ll still demand tight coverage. The cap-strapped Chargers can’t afford to burn through the little money they have left before the season even begins.
Also look at what’s available on the open market. Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, and Laurent Robinson to name the few. I probably should of opened with that list to quickly answer the title’s question.