Dante Rosario: Why Chargers' TE Will Not Repeat His Week 2 Performance in 2012

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IISeptember 18, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:   Dante Rosario #88 of the San Diego Chargers scores his third touchdown of the game in front of  Jason McCourty #30 of the Tennessee Titans during a 38-10 win at Qualcomm Stadium on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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San Diego Chargers tight end Dante Rosario had a fantastic Week 2 performance against the Tennessee Titans, but this will be his only noteworthy performance of the season.

Several factors contributed to the circumstances that sparked Rosario’s big day, and it is highly unlikely that he receives a similar opportunity in 2012. Fantasy football owners who are looking to Rosario as a season-changing waiver-wire pickup should drastically lower their expectations.

Rosario was given the opportunity to start when All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates was surprisingly made inactive before the game with a rib injury he suffered in Week 1. This was the first circumstance that deviated from a normal day for the Chargers offense. 

Going from a backup to a starting role allowed Rosario to deliver in a big way, and he caught three touchdown passes.

Rosario had just five touchdowns in his first five seasons in the NFL. 

However, the 27-year-old was targeted just four times and made four receptions. The fact that three of his targets happened to be in the end zone is an odd occurrence that required a significant amount of luck, and it will not happen again. 

In addition, the Tennessee defense has looked atrocious this season, and the team allowed 34 points to the New England Patriots before giving up 38 points to San Diego.

Last year, the Titans pass defense was average, ranking 14th in yardage allowed. The team did not guard tight ends all that effectively, giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2011, according to NFL.com. The Titans are also adjusting after losing Cortland Finnegan to free agency.

For Rosario to have another performance like this one, Gates would have to be inactive, nearly all his targets would have to come in the end zone again, and the Chargers would need to be playing a poor defensive team.

The chances of this happening are extremely slim, considering that Gates very nearly played in Week 2 and his injury does not appear to be serious, according to Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego.

With all the unusual circumstances surrounding Rosario’s breakout day, this will almost certainly be the highlight of his season.