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Opportunity may knock for young receivers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Friday, Oct 10, 2008

    It’s been a while since wide receiver Malcom Floyd has seen the ball thrown his way, but should he get an opportunity Sunday night, he’ll be ready.

    “We’ve got so many talented guys on this team that you just have to be patient sometimes,” Floyd said. “Depth has always been a strength of our team, so if one guy can’t go someone else has to step up.”

    Bolts wide receiver Chris Chambers, who is tied for the league lead with five touchdown catches this season, missed a third-consecutive day of practice Friday with a sprained ankle and is listed as doubtful for Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots.

    The veteran said he’s felt better every day and he’ll test out his ankle in pregame warm-ups Sunday night, but the Chargers have spent the week preparating in the event their big-play guy can’t play.

    “We’ve practiced all week without (Chambers),” Turner said. “We’ve got some other guys ready to go.”

    Turner said he’s unsure who would start if Chambers is unable to play, but Floyd and second-year receivers Buster Davis and Legedu Naanee would see their roles increase in Chambers’ absence.

    Davis has four receptions this season, all for first downs, while Naanee has one catch on the year and Floyd is still looking for his first opportunity. Last season, Davis caught 20 Philip Rivers passes and Naanee hauled in eight. Floyd caught seven passes, but none after Week 6, although he led the club in receptions this preseason with 12.

    “We’ve all three got a lot of confidence and we know we have to step up,” Floyd said. “This is a big challenge for us as a team this week and we have to do our part. I’m excited. Hopefully we’ll get some chances to make plays.”

    Tucker also doubtful

    Linebacker Jyles Tucker (hamstring) spent Friday’s practice working on the side with a member of the team’s athletic training staff. Like Chambers, he’s listed as doubtful for Sunday.

    Running back LaDainian Tomlinson (toe), cornerback Antonio Cromartie (hip), wide receiver Vincent Jackson and fullback Mike Tolbert (ankle) were full participants Friday and are probable for Sunday.

    For New England, running back LaMont Jordan, linebacker Eric Alexander and wide receiver Kelley Washington are doubtful, while running back Laurence Maroney and cornerback Lewis Sanders are questionable.

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    Check that

    The NFL reviewed the scoring of a third-quarter play from last week’s game in Miami and awarded linebackers Shaun Phillips and Antwan Applewhite with a half sack each.

    The play was originally scored as a rush for Dolphins running back Ricky Williams. But Williams, who took a handoff from Ronnie Brown out of the “wildcat” formation, lifted the ball like he was going to throw it. By NFL rule, if a passer is tackled for a loss or no gain, it’s considered a sack.

    Phillips now has a team-high four sacks. The tackle was the first sack of Applewhite’s career.

    Boom!

    NBC’s Sunday Night Football crew was on hand at Chargers Park Friday to prepare for this weekend’s broadcast. John Madden, Andrea Kremer and company spent time visiting with Bolts players to gather information to present during the game. On Thursday, Kremer taped a one-on-one interview with LT that will air prior to the game.

    More milestones

    LT enters Sunday night needing just 19 rushing yards Sunday to reach 11,000 for his career. Tomlinson also enters Sunday’s game with 119 rushing touchdowns and can become just the third player in NFL history to reach 120.

    Light it up

    The Chargers enter Week 6 ranked third in the NFL in scoring, averaging 29.6 points per game. Scoring is up around the NFL this season as teams are averaging a combined 45.0 points per game. Since 1970, the highest average for a season is 45.0 points per game.

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  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Floyd, Buster and Naanee have an opportunity to showcase their talents. don't blow it!
     
  3. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

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    If they do, it will because Norv didn't coach them well enough.
     
  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

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    Yes they do, & I for one am expecting big things from these guys on Sunday night. :tup:

    I hate the term, but IMHO, this one IS a must win to restore the teams' confidence & stay in the hunt.
     
  5. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Us Bolt fan's may be pleasantly surprised by one of these young guy's standing out and making a name for himself. The Pat's can't really game plan for someone they have no tape of, they my get their pantie's pulled down and I've seen it happen before.
     
  6. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    Go Go Malcolm!!!
     
  7. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    I'm on the Naanee bandwagon myself, but I'll be ecstactic if any or all of them come up huge!!
     
  8. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    If one of them can become a game breaker I'll be loving it, if they all do great that would be a nice problem to have.:tup:
     
  9. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    Oh they are all bueno :) but Malcolm is so big [6'5"], he reminds me of VJ but without weinie-arming catches. I would love to find out why he's been MIA, if anyone knows? I like VJ, but he will give up on making a catch if he's going to take a hit - which bugs me :tdown: I never understood why Malcolm wasn't higher than VJ on the depth chart.... maybe I missed something :icon_shrug:
     
  10. TheBeast

    TheBeast BoltTalker

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    Hey did cuddles really say whats in your siggy? If he did he's has topped a level of douchebaginess.

    My new douchebag rankings.

    1.Jay Cutler +2;(3)
    2.Tom Brady -1(1)
    3.Bill Belicheck -1 (2)
    4.Deon Sanders +1(5)
    5. Champ Bailey -1 (4)
     
  11. SD Native WY

    SD Native WY Well-Known Member

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    LMAO.......True
     
  12. Sydalish

    Sydalish Addicted to Sports

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    Yes, yes he did.
     
  13. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

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    Are there visions of sugar plums dancing through Kassim's head?
     

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