First it was Legedu Naanee—a Western Athletic Conference receiver with an unsightly name. You never referred to him by name in conversation with your buddies for fear of making a fool of yourself. He wasn’t Legedu Naanee. He was “that one receiver from Boise State.” Now Naanee is usurped by fellow strange-named wideout—Seyi Ajirotutu, “that one receiver from Fresno State.”
Whether it be a front office fetish with Western Athletic Conference receivers or a riding on the coattails of former Bulldog roommate Ryan Mathews, the Archbishop Ajirotutu played his way onto the Chargers starting squad after injuries to Patrick Crayton and Nanee.
Ajirotutu played football at Fresno State from 2005 to 2009. “Tutu,” as he’s known by teammates, redshirted his freshman year and didn’t put up good numbers until his junior year (714 yards, five touchdowns). Tutu finished his senior season with 671 yards and seven touchdowns, earning him Second Team All-WAC honors.
The 6’3” pass catcher posted a 4.58 40-yard dash during his March 2010 Pro Day. Scouts noted his big size and good speed in their pre-draft analysis. Though Tutu didn’t get his name called on draft day, he did sign as a free agent with the Chargers.
Any wide out catching passes from Philip Rivers is in the running for a one touchdown, 75-yard performance. Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd, Patrick Crayton and Legedu Naanee can all attest.
Tutu’s success over the last seven weeks of the season will, it seems, be predicated on how fast Malcolm Floyd and Patrick Crayton recover. If both receivers remain on the bench when Vincent Jackson returns against the Colts on Nov. 28, Tutu could continue to post decent numbers.
If Crayton and Floyd are healthy enough to start against the Broncos following the Chargers’ bye this week, Tutu’s chances of posting anything close to what he did Sunday are slim.
At this point, there’s no rush to pick up Seyi. He is available in 96 percent of Y!. Keep an eye on Crayton and Floyd’s status over the break. If they remain hobbled, the Archbishop could thrown down a great day against the Broncos on Nov. 22.
Written by James Duren, exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com
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