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This is the slide I've been looking forward to the most. Philip Rivers could take guys off the street and make them NFL players.
Vincent Jackson's return to the Chargers will be huge. Malcolm Floyd's will be also even if not to as great an extent. The problem with the Chargers is, Darren Sproles had the most receptions on the team last year.
The receiving corp is good but without Rivers under center, it'd probably be pretty average. Patrick Crayton is a reliable player and a few of the younger players could emerge but until they do, this receiving corp is simply not that good.
The pair of tight ends that get on the field for San Diego are outstanding however. Randy McMichael may mostly be a blocker these days but Antonio Gates more than makes up for that. In this article I said Jason Witten is best or second best in the league, depending on your opinion on him, this is the other guy.
Even if the Chargers had the best receiving corp in the league, Gates would still be the best receiver on the team. He is rightfully a lock for the Hall of Fame and still playing to that level.
I was a huge Ryan Mathews fan coming out of college...not so much anymore. He didn't look right physically and he didn't show enough flashes last year to encourage me. Mike Tolbert is their best runner in my mind at the moment and he's reliable but Jerome Harrison—who is the most recent back signed in free agency—probably offers more to the Lions than Tolbert does to the Chargers.
Jordan Todman should be involved also but in comparison to other backfields across the league there isn't much going on in San Diego.