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Chargers Could Be Down to Just Three Receivers

Posted Oct 30, 2012

When Robert Meachem left practice early today with a hamstring injury, a realistic scenario arose where the Chargers enter Thursday night’s game with Malcom Floyd and a pair of pass catchers signed within the last eight days comprising their entire wide receiving corp.

With Eddie Royal already missing practice with a hamstring injury of his own, Danario Alexander and Seyi Ajirotutu were the only other active receivers to take part in today’s session.  The team will announce their injury report Wednesday afternoon, and a clearer picture will take form on whether or not Meachem or Royal may be able to suit up.

But should they not be able to, Floyd is confident that Alexander and Ajirotutu can slide right in and produce.  His sureness stems from his confidence in Philip Rivers, and how his quarterback has responded in the past to similar circumstances.

“Philip has been in this situation before and he has done well,” said Floyd. “All it is really is execution.  We have to be there for each other, and as long as that happens I think we’ll be in a good position.  I have faith that (Alexander and Ajirotutu) can step in and help this team out no matter the situations we’re in.”

In fact, Floyd is so confident in Alexander and Ajirotutu’s abilities that he doesn’t feel any extra pressure to perform well.

“I just have to keep doing what I’m doing,” he said. “I just have to be there for my QB the best that I can.  If I start with the attitude that I’m going to do everything I can do to play to win, everything should fall into place.  And I’ll have that attitude regardless of who is playing.”

For Alexander, who signed with the club on October 22, having an extra week to study the playbook has helped him exponentially in his preparation for Thursday night’s contest.

“Having the week has really helped out a lot,” he said. “I’m feeling really comfortable now.  I mean, I felt like I could have contributed more last week if the situation arose, but now I feel even more so. Going through the whole playbook again and seeing it twice gave me a good feeling.  And what I’ve been able to do on the practice field the past few days has me feeling really comfortable in this offense right now.”

Meanwhile, Ajirotutu has been thrown right into the fire after re-signing with the club yesterday.  But his familiarity with the players and the system from his time here as a rookie in 2010 has him feeling every bit as comfortable as Alexander.

“I had a really good practice today,” said Ajirotutu. “For my first practice, I had a lot of reps, which is good. I feel a little winded, but I did well.  I know the plays and I know what I’m doing, so now it’s just time to execute and time to get comfortable. But my rapport with Philip is still there, which is an important thing. We still have the same chemistry where he knows where I’m going to be.  I know he will put the ball there for me so I need to make sure I just catch everything thrown my way. And with Eddie being out and then depending on what Meachem’ story is, I feel a big sense of urgency, now more than ever.”

Hopefully, either Royal or Meachem, or even both, can suit up Thursday night.  But if not, the Chargers sound confident that they can plug in Alexander and Ajirotutu and still get strong production from their wide receivers.

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