San Diego Chargers Free Agency: Yet Another Wide Receiver/Kick Returner Signed

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IApril 5, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 21:  Micheal Spurlock #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tries turnover outrun Reggie Smith #30 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on November 21, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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I guess the best way to compete in the NFL is to sign as many return specialists as possible. If so, the San Diego Chargers will be the best team in the league next season. Eddie Royal was the first specialist signed. Royal will not only be very effective in the return game, but he will have a big impact on offense as well.

The second player is Roscoe Parrish, who was signed on April 3rd. Parrish has spent his seven years in the league in Buffalo. Parrish is very consistent in the return game, but has hardly made an impact on offense. With Philip Rivers throwing the ball, his production should increase.

The most recent is Micheal Spurlock, who was signed on April 4th, a day after Parrish. Spurlock has spent his last two seasons in Tampa Bay. Spurlock is not an option for the receiving core unless he impresses many in training camp. He'll mainly be returning kicks and punts, given he makes the team.

Royal, Parrish and Spurlock join Richard Goodman as players with heavy returning backgrounds. A.J. Smith is being very smart here. The reason I think Parrish and Spurlock were signed was one, to create competition on camp, and two, to keep Royal healthy for offense. He's had a history of getting injured on punt returns. While Goodman will probably still return kicks, Spurlock or Parrish could return punts.

In the end, it should be Parrish, Spurlock and Goodman competing in camp for either one or two spots on the roster.


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