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Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers
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K. Allen – A smooth route-runner with reliable hands, the 22-year old aims to build off his explosive rookie season. Allen set Chargers rookie records with 1,046 yards and 71 catches while leading all NFL rookies in receptions, yards and touchdown catches (eight). He became the first rookie to top the 1,000-yard plateau since A.J. Green in 2011 and was also just the fifth since 2000 to do so. The 6-2, 211-pounder also delivered on the big stage, recording eight catches for 163 yards with two touchdowns during the playoffs. Allen became a popular figure in San Diego, yet has reiterated all offseason he isn’t satisfied with one season. Instead he is determined to make even bigger strides in 2014.
Floyd – Last season was a scary one for Floyd, who suffered a neck injury during a Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles and was forced to miss the rest of the year. Some doubted whether Floyd would ever return, but the humble wideout worked tirelessly and is poised to make a major comeback for the Bolts. At 6-5, 225-pounds, he is a tall, rangy target that has long been a favorite of Philip Rivers. A staple of the offense since 2008, Floyd’s posted 239 receptions for 4,133 yards and 25 touchdowns. His 17.3-yards per catch average ranks fourth in team history among players with at least 200 catches.
Royal – Shifty and elusive, Royal is expected to once again thrive out of the slot in 2014. In his sixth NFL season and second in San Diego, 2013 was a career year for the 5-10, 185-pounder as he set a new personal high and tied for the team lead with eight touchdown receptions on 47 catches, giving him a TD for every 5.9 catches. That proved to be the sixth highest ratio in the league. Royal’s 47 receptions were good for 631 yards.
Brown – The former Aztec missed all of 2012 with a broken ankle, yet rebounded to play in all 16 games last season in what essentially was his rookie year. He notched 41 catches for 472 yards and one touchdown. Having more seasoning under his belt, Brown is even more confident heading into 2014.
Ajirotutu – Fans rejoiced when the popular “Tutu” re-signed with the Bolts in March, and it’s easy to see why. Although he had just three catches last year, he caught perhaps the biggest touchdown of the year when he snared a diving 26-yard game-winning score in Kansas City with less than 30 seconds to play. While Ajirotutu provides excellent depth at wideout, he also excelled on special teams as a gunner and figures to thrive in both roles this season once again.
Reese – The Bolts’ final pick in the 2014 draft was an explosive one as the team added a speedy playmaker
Inman – Inman comes to San Diego after dominating the Canadian Football League over two years with the Toronto Argonauts. He caught 50 passes for 739 yards and six touchdowns in 2013, one year after helping the team capture the Grey Cup with another 50 catch effort for 803 yards and five touchdowns. Overall, the 6-2, 203-pounder caught 100 passes for 1,542 yards and 11 scores, averaging 15.4 yards per reception.
T. Allen – A star at tiny West Texas A&M, Allen was highly productive at the collegiate level. He enters the NFL right off a 93 catch season for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns.
Chancellor – Explosive North Texas WR was also a special teams star in college. He ranked in top 10 in punt and kickoff returns, and was named the 2013 Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Year.
Hatfield – Injuries derailed a promising career at Oregon State for Hatfield. He had just 20 catches for 234 yards and four touchdowns in college, but is talented and looking for a fresh start in the NFL
Herndon – Another undrafted free agent coming off a career year, the Arkansas wideout set career-highs in 2013 with 31 catches for 437 yards and four touchdows.