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Inside Slant

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, May 27, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/chargers/home.htm">USA Today</a>

    Reading the body language of receivers coach James Lofton - assistant coaches are not allowed to talk with the media - before the draft was telling: the Chargers wouldn't burn a selection on a pass-catcher.

    Those deciphering Lofton were right on. The Chargers filled weaknesses at cornerback, offensive line, quarterback, defensive line, linebacker and kicker, but no receivers were drafted.

    How come? Lofton said - in a way - that the Chargers were pleased with the stable of receivers they had, and that they didn't see anything that was obtainable in the lower rounds of the draft that would be an upgrade over what they have.

    Others don't share that same optimism.

    Keenan McCardell is among the game's best possession receivers and a strong influence in the clubhouse with his leadership skills. But some are concerned that at age 36, he could break down as the demanding season progresses.

    Eric Parker, the No. 2 receiver, has seen his numbers climb the past three years. But detractors point to his 6-foot, 180-pound frame and question his longevity - especially if forced to return punts like late last year.

    At No. 3 is likely Vincent Jackson, who has the build and athleticism others envy. But despite this being the former Northern Colorado player's second season, the Chargers aren't quite sure what they have in Jackson. Because of various injuries, he caught but three passes last year.

    The fourth receiver figures to be either Rashaun Woods or Kassim Osgood. Woods came from San Francisco, where injuries and a so-so attitude got under the 49ers' skin. Osgood is special on special teams and run-blocking, but has yet to get his receiving game to the next level.


    -The Chargers are speaking with the county of San Diego now, instead of the city, to try to craft a deal that allows the club to stay in the region with a new stadium.

    -Golf superstar Phil Mickelson, a longtime Chargers fan, stopped by practice recently.

    -Rookie LT Marcus McNeill has a lot to learn about the NFL, but he's caught on quick with the San Diego tradition of enjoying tacos.

    "Carne asada, that's the ones I like," he said.

    -Though pleased with Darren Sproles on kickoff returns, the Chargers could eventually give rookie CB Antonio Cromartie a look there. They are really hoping Sproles settles into the punt return role as well. Sproles had to be replaced by WR Eric Parker there last year after having difficulties fielding punts.

    -Coach Marty Schottenheimer has discounted the possibility of looking at rookie Marcus McNeill at right tackle if left tackle Roman Oben is fit for training camp. Schottenheimer doesn't want to overload McNeill with learning two positions.

    -Rookie QB Charlie Whitehurst has caught Schottenheimer's eye. "I like him," he said. "He has a real presence."

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "Right now we are cautiously optimistic." - Coach Marty Schottenheimer on the chances of mending LT Roman Oben (foot) being ready for training camp





    UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): WR Drew Haddad.


    EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: LB Howard Hodges; RB Calvin Murray.

    PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: LB Stephen Cooper; OG Kris Dielman; S Clinton Hart; WR Kassim Osgood; DE Jacques Cesaire; LB Carlos Polk; FB Andrew Pinnock; LB Matt Wilhelm.

    PLAYERS ACQUIRED: TE Brandon Manumaleuna; S Marlon McCree; TE Aaron Shea; CB Raymond Walls; WR Rashaun Woods.

    PLAYERS LOST: QB Drew Brees; WR Reche Caldwell; CB Sammy Davis; CB Jamar Fletcher; OG Bob Hallen; LB Ben Leber; TE Justin Peelle; DE DeQuincy Scott; OL Courtney VanBuren; S Jerry Wilson.

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