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"WHAT TEAM HAS the best offensive mind in the West? The Chargers do, with coach Norv Turner. What team has the best wide receiver in the West? The Chargers do, with Vincent Jackson. What team has the best tight end in the West? The Chargers do, with Antonio Gates. What team has the best quarterback in the West? The Chargers do, with Philip Rivers.
This offense is loaded, and this season the players are healthy. I think they're going to score a lot of points.
The numbers will be up for Rivers. Last year all his main receivers missed games because of injuries or other things, and he still produced at a high clip.
Jackson is a great receiver. He's athletic. He's huge. He has speed. He has guys on the other side like Gates and Malcom Floyd, who defenses have to respect. They can't double cover everybody. Just like Rivers, Jackson is going to have a great year.
Re-signing Floyd was key for them because Patrick Crayton is nothing more than a Number 3 receiver.
I am a big fan of Gates. He came in as a college basketball player trying to play football, and he defied the odds. That said, I think he's wearing down. The physicality of the game is taking its toll on his body. I wouldn't be surprised if you start to see a decline in his production.
Running back Ryan Mathews will be better this season. Many people expected him to be the bell cow in his rookie year, and I think he thought making the transition would be easy. Now that he knows what it takes to succeed in this league, he'll show much improvement."
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