Malcom Floyd finally has his chance to be the No. 1 receiver in San Diego, and an injury to rising star Vincent Brown has only fueled the need for Floyd to have a big year. A tall receiver with good leaping ability, Floyd uses his height advantage to go over the top of defenders and make the highlight catch. The additions of Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal will also keep Floyd from drawing constant double teams in the secondary.
A great point was brought to light by rotoworld.com concerning chemistry between Philip Rivers and Robert Meachem. That point being that there is none—yet. Meachem caught just one pass for seven yards during the preseason, and other attempts to get him the ball were spoiled by interceptions.
As San Diego's No. 2 receiver, Meachem will be a vital component on offense, but early chemistry issues do complicate things. Let's hope Rivers and Meachem are seeing eye to eye when they head to Oakland.
Eddie Royal, like Meachem, had a similar showing in the preseason, catching just one pass for 10 yards. But, Royal has practically missed all of camp with a groin injury. Once he comes back, though, Royal will become a huge asset in the slot. Staying patient with Royal is the biggest issue right now.
In regards to Vincent Brown, I've heard it all from fans. From questioning Coach Norv Turner's decision to play him so late in the game against Dallas, to absolute devastation resulting from his broken ankle. Brown was San Diego's leading receiver in the preseason, and he showed no sign of stopping. In fact, Brown could have become San Diego's leading receiver during the regular season as well. Seriously.
Because Brown will miss eight weeks with his injury, he is essentially worthless during the first half of the season. But, if he can fully recover, he should prove useful down the stretch in what will most likely be a tight playoff race.
Micheal Spurlock finished the preseason as San Diego's leading receiver, surpassing Ronnie Brown and Vincent Brown with 10 receptions for 135 yards. But, that won't happen during the regular season. Spurlock will figure into San Diego's return game more so than in the passing game.
Richard Goodman is another return specialist on San Diego's roster, and like Spurlock, I really don't see him contributing more than a catch per game, if that.