“If Not Bad Luck, then No Luck at All”
So how do you replace all this talent?
How do you replace 205-pass receptions, over 2,500-all purpose yards, and 17-touchdowns?
That’s what the Chargers had as part of thier roster on the opening day of training camp, and what they don’t have now.
Keenan Allen’s exit with a bad knee injury, was followed seven days later by the Danny Woodhead knee injury.
Add tot hat the training camp injuries tht took out receiver Stevie Johnson and running back Brandon Oliver, and that’s lot of offense gone from the two deep chart.
Backup tight end Jeff Cumberland, and former kick returner Jevontee Herdon are also gone for the year.
No Pro Bowler’s are out on street corners this morning you can sign. Yes, you might be able to make a trade, but for who, and what do you have to give up?
Of the free agent running backs out there at this hour, Ronnie Hillman, the former Aztec, and 3-year Denver Broncos backup, most resembled Woodhead, as a runner and receiver, but really nobody bring the dart-and-dash talents, nor leadership, that Woodhead, and the chip on his shoulder provided. What a great acquisition he has been, what a great loss. Other similar free agents who can do some of the things Woodhead did are ex-Bills CJ Spiller, and former Chief Dexter McCluster.
There are a mixed bag of young backs the Chargers will look at first. Andre Williams was a heavy duty back at Boston College, and had a really decent two plus years as a utility back with the New York Giants.
Kenneth Farrow, the back who put up good numbers in the Houston Cougars spread formation is on the active roster, but like Williams, has lots to learn in the protection schemes. He can run and can catch some, but can he catch on?
Oh you can float names like Ray Rice, or Wes Welker, but they are out of football for lots of reasons, age, injury, declining performances.
The Chargers have a luxury in that QB-Philip Rivers makes everyone around him that muck better, but that’s an awful lot of firepower San Diego has lost.
The shine of Sunday’s win over Jacksonville was replaced by the gloom of the news of the loss of Woodhead, and safety Jahleel Addae, out for months, following yesterday’s surgery for a fractured collarbone.
Last year it was the offensive line that wrecked the season. This year it is at the skill positions. It seems like everyone but Rivers (knock on wood) has had something major happen to them.
The Chargers, if it wasn’t for bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.