Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Chargers still like their WR depth
By Bill Williamson
SAN DIEGO -- There is no doubt the San Diego Chargers were delivered a rough blow Tuesday when starting receiver Danario Alexander suffered a torn right ACL injury, putting him out for the season.
However, the injury is not forcing the team to do anything rash at the position. San Diego general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday that he likes the group of receivers the Chargers have.
“It hurts a lot because Danario worked so hard, he’s a good player and a good kid. We thought he had a chance to be a bona-fide playmaker this season,” Telesco said. “But we feel pretty good about the position. Fortunately, that is one of the positions where we have some depth.”
The projected starters will likely be Malcom Floyd and Vincent Brown. Other key players will be rookie Keenan Allen, Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem. If the group can stay healthy, the Chargers should be fine there, although they will miss Alexander’s size and big-play ability. However, all five of these players have injury history, so there is some concern.
Still, Telesco is confident the group will be fine. Plus, Telesco said the open market at any position at this time of year is not great. He’s right. Players are unemployed in August for a reason.
When pass-rusher Melvin Ingram went down with the same injury as Alexander in May, the team rushed to sign Dwight Freeney. It appears no such deal will happen as a result of Alexander’s injury.
Meanwhile, the team was shocked to hear Alexander was hurt so severely. He showed no immediate signs of suffering a significant injury after it occurred.