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Danno 11-17-2012 04:28 PM

Meachem Benched

Floyd becomes new “Z” receiver in San Diego | ProFootballTalk
Floyd becomes new “Z” receiver in San Diego
Posted by Mike Florio on November 17, 2012, 3:35 PM EST

APAfter Vincent Jackson left the Chargers for the Buccaneers, San Diego needed a new “Z” receiver.

In the Chargers’ system, the “Z” lines up next to tight end Antonio Gates, with the goal of forcing defenses to choose one for extra focus — giving the other a little more room to operate.

Newcomer Robert Meachem had been the “Z” receiver in place of Jackson. But now it’s Malcom Floyd.

“I’ve been moving around, but I’m comfortable playing that position. It’s becoming fluid now, but I understood ‘Z’ responsibilities after watching VJ and Meachem do it,” Floyd tells Scott Bair of U-T San Diego. “With Antonio and I lining up next to each other, we put a strain on whatever side we’re on.”

Meanwhile, Meachem has been sent to the bench, with Danario Alexander filling Floyd’s former spot.

The fact that the Chargers signed Meachem to do a job that one of their holdovers could have done — and is now doing — becomes another piece of evidence for the “fire A.J. Smith” column on owner Dean Spanos’ legal pad. But if the Chargers win more games with Floyd as the “Z” wideout, maybe the “keep A.J. Smith” column eventually will include the words “made it to the playoffs . . . somehow.”
Disappoints me. I thought he'd do well there, and he's a great guy.

dizzle88 11-17-2012 05:29 PM

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Very good player in our system, you'd think that he'd flourish in SD's system because its basically all pass, he was never a number 1 WR and never will be, he was most productive in our system because we had weapons that took coverage away from him

rthibodeaux 11-17-2012 05:55 PM

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NOLA54 11-17-2012 06:25 PM

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Brees can make anyone look.

QBREES9 11-18-2012 12:11 AM

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Send him back.

lee909 11-18-2012 01:50 AM

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Id happily have him back but at nowhere near the $6.8ml cap hit next year or the same in 2014 or the $8.7 in 2015

SloMotion 11-18-2012 04:26 AM

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Well, Meachum went from Drew Brees throwing him the ball to Phil Rivers throwing him the ball, which at first didn't seem like that much of a game-changer, except apparently, it is. Rivers is having a horrible year, 12 INT and a 48.8 QB rating, thrown for +300yds maybe once? Now, I'm sure that's not the the only issue, Meachum is inconsistent at times, but it compounds it. These guys chase the big bucks when they should realize the grass is not always greener on the other side.

Poor Meach, he chose to fly too close to the sun ...

SmashMouth 11-18-2012 08:10 AM

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Maybe it helps him...

mutineer10 11-18-2012 09:45 AM

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Hard to blame Meachem for all SD's offensive woes. Their O-line has been sub-par, several key skill guys have been dinged up, and Rivers has simply played some awful football the last couple of seasons.

QBREES9 11-18-2012 03:29 PM

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They over paided $6.8ml

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