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Chargers News 2013: Who will step up next to Malcom Floyd at receiver?

Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers head in to this season without a true No. 1 receiver. Malcom Floyd is the team’s top receiver, but he is probably a No. 2 from a prototypical standpoint. With the team releasing veteran Robert Meachem, the question now becomes who is going to step up and help Floyd on the outside?

The team’s website lists Eddie Royal as the No. 2 receiver, but how it plays out when real games commence remains to be seen. Royal had a solid rookie campaign when he was with the Denver Broncos, but he has failed to follow that up with a quality season.  Hopefully, he can produce more than 234 yards and one touchdown this season. 

Right now, rookie Keenan Allen is still learning the ropes of the NFL.  However, by midseason he could be the Chargers second best wide receiver.  He could become a steal after falling to third-round in the draft due to injury.  He has shown flashes in the preseason of his natural ability.  Once he learns the nuisances of the game, he could become a solid possession receiver. 

The wide receiver market is as thin as it has been in a long time.  There are not many impact guys available.  The Bolts could scan the waiver wire looking for a diamond in the rough, but that is a long shot. 

Most analysts have picked the Chargers to struggle this season and consider them to be in rebuilding mode.  If the Chargers feel the same way, maybe they ought to stand pat and try to develop a few young guys.   Sometimes throwing young players in the fire early brings the best out of them.  The team should see if Richard Goodman, Vincent Brown, and Seyi Ajirotutu are ready to be big time contributors. 

The good teams in the league bring their talent along well.  The New York Giants developed Victor Cruz.  The Pittsburgh Steelers developed Emmanuel Sanders.  The Green Bay Packers have brought Randall Cobb along nicely.  If the Chargers want to return to the list of quality teams in the NFL, developing talent is a good place to start.       

Photo Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports

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Keenan Actkins

Keenan Actkins is an Arizona resident living in the Phoenix metropolitan area. He brings a wealth of sports knowledge and passion to the team with his unique insight and strong voice and opinion. He also contributes to Yahoo! Voices and has written for WoodyPaige.com.

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