Chargers Passing Game Break Down 2012
A lot has changed in San Diego for the 2012 season. Vincent Jackson, who has been the number one wide receiver for the Chargers for the last few years, is gone. He was a big target as well as a nice deep threat for Phillip Rivers. Mike Tolbert is also no longer with the team. He was fourth on the club in receptions as a backup to Ryan Mathews. Needless to say these two guys could be missed in this pass-happy offense. The big question is who will take their place, and how will the targets be distributed in 2012?
Robert Meachem will be taking on Vincent Jackson’s role for the Chargers this year. Much like Jackson, he is a deep threat that will be used to stretch the field. They paid him to come in and be the number one wide receiver, but don’t expect any more targets than what Jackson had the last few years.
Next is Malcom Floyd. He has always been viewed as the number two wide receiver in San Diego, but that may change this year. He has a great rapport with Philip Rivers and has been one of the more steady guys for the Chargers in the passing game. With all the new faces there this year, look for Floyd to be the familiar face that Rivers can count on, which should increase his targets slightly.
Another runner to consider is fullback Le’Ron McClain. McClain left Baltimore in order to receive more carries, and he’s taylor-made to fill the role that Mike Tolbert has succeeded in for the last two years. McClain will do plenty of blocking as a fullback, but he’s also an excellent short-yardage runner and good receiver out of the backfield. Don’t sleep on LeRon McClain as a late-round fantasy sleeper as a receiver and red-zone option- a role in thrived at in 2008 with the Ravens.