Their depth at the receiver position—which wasn't very strong before they opened training camp—has been ravished by misfortune after misfortune.
At this point, they may sport the weakest receiving corps in the NFL.
- Eddie Royal was recently hospitalized following a serious injury.
- Malcolm Floyd injured his knee—his return date is still unknown.
- Robert Meachem's body is reportedly 'broken down'.
- Danario Alexander tore his ACL and will miss the entire 2013 season.
For a team that failed last year to provide Philip Rivers with the weapons needed to compete in Peyton Manning's AFC West, the Chargers are looking even weaker as the preseason continues to roll along.
Who are the Chargers expecting Rivers to throw to?
I'll refrain from going down the laundry list of inexperienced players never proven to be productive in their careers. Simply put—it's looking like a bad situation in San Diego.
Owens' physical conditioning has left him able to perform at a level that exceeds what he was able to do as a 23-year-old rookie.
He ran a faster 40-yard dash time with the Seahawks than he did coming into the league as a rookie with the 49ers. That, along with his ability to catch passes off All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, are strong signs that Owens can be productive in 2013.
At worst, Owens is a better option at receiver than anyone currently on the roster.
At best, he'll give the team the opportunity to actually win some football games.
The Chargers haven't been competitive in over three years—how long do they expect their fans to wait? Until the team qualifies for a high draft pick in 2014? How about addressing the glaring weakness on the roster now?
If they produce another losing record in 2013, they'll have only themselves to blame.
Ryan Michael is a Senior Writer for Bleacher Report.
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