This is one of the most greatest additions to the Chargers offense that hasn't gotten enough attention out there in the media.
If you look at Randy McMichael's stats over his career, he's a absolute beast. He averages 52 receptions for 571 yards a year as a 16 game starter. His best season as a pass catching TE was from 2004-2006. In 2004, he had 73 receptions for 791 yards.
In 2005, he had 60 receptions for 582 yards. In 2006, he had 62 receptions for 640 yards. He did all that with Gus Frerotte, Daunte Culpepper, Joey Harrington, A.J. Feeley, and Jay Fielder trying to throw the ball to him. Imagine what he can do with a QB like Philip Rivers throwing the ball to him.
I'll be bold in saying that McMichael's attributes to the passing game could be as good as Antonio Gates. McMichael can be lined up as a TE, a split TE, or even as a WR as the picture that I've chosen for this slide would indicate.
The reason why McMichael is such a great addition to the Chargers has a lot to do with the pace of the offense not changing. With the Chargers trying to keep Gates as healthy as possible, the Chargers can afford to give Gates adequate reps during the game and put in McMichael without changing the pace of the game.
The Chargers NEVER had a TE that can do anything similar to what Gates can do. With McMichael in the lineup when Gates is on the sideline getting rest, Rivers can continue to expose opposing defenses as if Gates never left the field. That's what McMichael can bring to the Chargers offense.
Just think, the Chargers could run a offensive formation that is hardly seen in the past couple of years and that's the double TE formation. It'll be very interesting to see what Norv Turner will be able to do with these guys on the field. Having both Gates and McMichaels on the field who will be too fast for most LB's and to big for most CB's to cover.