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New WRs building rapport with Rivers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, May 19, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    CHARGERS: New receivers build rapport with Rivers
    North County Times - Californian

    SAN DIEGO ---- In terms of on-field activity, the Chargers' offseason is still young. Voluntary workouts have been well attended, although much of the schematic work remains academic. Organized Team Activities don't start until after next week, but a rapport is already being built between quarterback Philip Rivers and his new fleet of receivers.

    It's an important stage for the passing game, especially with so many new targets in the pattern. The Chargers added Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal, Michael Spurlock and Roscoe Parrish in free agency, and while the entire lot might not make the regular-season roster, a collective understanding must be fortified for coach Norv Turner's passing game to function as it should.

    "The timing of routes will come, but the process of getting to know each other is underway," Rivers said Friday, following a team workout. "The better you know each other in the locker room and joking around outside of practice really helps. The more you talk, the more familiar you get.

    "It's about communicating and developing a rapport. But with Robert and Eddie and the new veterans, this part comes naturally."

    Just like any friendship, this bond takes time to develop. More than anything else, it involves talking and watching film and understanding how the others think.

    That relationship between Meachem and Rivers is particularly vital considering how much production is expected from this pair. Meachem was a consistently reliable receiver in New Orleans ---- he caught between 40 and 45 passes in each of the last three seasons ---- but the Chargers believe he can be a No. 1 receiver in their system.

    Meachem worked well with Drew Brees for five years in New Orleans, and is certain he'll do so here with Rivers.

    Meachem believes that starts with some amateur psychology.

    "The better you know each other in the locker room and joking around outside of practice really helps," Meachem said. The more you talk, the more familiar you get.

    "It's not just about running routes or studying film. It's about holding a conversation and understanding an individual personality. When he jokes about something, you have to figure out why he thinks that's funny. Those moments are a window into how he thinks and how he operates."

    Without this foundation, the passing game will show cracks. Quarterback and receiver must make the same reads and understand how to alter a route or a throw to beat difficult coverage. Understanding must be expressed without words for an adjusted play to work.

    There may be no better combo to demonstrate that point than Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates. The two seem to share a brain when it comes to playing catch. Meachem believes he can reach that level with Rivers as the offseason progresses.

    "We want to win it all, and winning a Super Bowl starts now," Meachem said. "You have to build that strong relationship with your quarterback. You have to know what he sees and how that relates to what you see.

    "The transition has been smooth, and that's what you expect with two veteran guys trying to do everything right and get on the same page. We know it's a process that takes time, and we're working through it."

    Meachem, Royal and the rest have latched on to longtime Charger Malcom Floyd, who understands better than most what it takes to function well under Turner's tutelage.

    Meachem has been absorbing information and preparing for when the offense can face opposition of some kind. That's around the corner with OTAs and minicamp in June, which stands as the next stage in getting comfortable with a new quarterback.

    "There are so many little things that go into a successful passing game, and this time helps build a foundation of knowledge and a rapport that will help us down the road," Rivers said. "This is the first step, and I can't wait until we go up against a defense in OTAs, and take that next step as a group. It'll keep building and should take off in training camp and be great by the time the season starts."
     
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  2. Lance19

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    Love ya, Philip. You're a nice guy, and teammate bonding is a good thing.

    Just please, please, do not share any of Santorum's theories about "man on dog" action!
     
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  3. HEXEDBOLT

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    I wonder if Meachem and Royal speak southern or do they have an interpreter?
     
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    Cant wait to see how much Rapport Rivers and VB have got going. They missed the experience of a offseason last year so this their first time too.
     
  5. Buck Melanoma

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    Well, Royal played at Virginia Tech & Meachem was in New Orleans, so I'd bet they have at least a fair understanding. ;)
     
  6. DenverBolt67

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    I truly believe our WR corp as a whole, is better this year than in past years. We may not have one guy as good as VJ, but I also believe the QB makes the WR, but I do believe from 1-5, we are better than last year. Floyd is equal, VB hasa year under his belt and showed flashes of good play, and the addition of Meacham and Royal make this a better corp
     
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    I reckon they might could, seenin how they got their learnin in the south.
     
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  9. ThunderHorse17

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    I think I need that thar buuk.
     
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    That book doesn't make sense; assuming those from the south can read... I tell ya.
     
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    I agree with you and I also believe that just as important is the health of Gates. Before injuring his plantar fascia in 2010, Gates was on pace to have the best season for a TE in NFL history. If Gates is truly back to 100%, he will open things up for the other skill players. With a healthy Gates, a maturing Mathews and a deeper WR corps, this has the potential to be a record-breaking offense.
     

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