Nice analusis of our WR corps.Bolt Bot said:News: WR Vincent Jackson could have an expanded role in 2006.Impact: San Diego surprisingly didn't draft a receiver and the 6-5/241-pound '05 second-round pick who missed the first eight games of last season with an achilles injury could push Eric Parker for a starting job. He's more likely to compete with Rashaun Woods for the No. 3 role, but could provide another red-zone target for Philip Rivers. ...[more]
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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.