Camarillo Can

The San Diego Chargers' wide receiver corps is as deep as it has ever been. That is good news for the team and bad news for all of the undrafted free agents hoping to earn a spot at the position. Luckily for rookie wide receiver and Stanford grad Greg Camarillo, he has a way of standing out.

Camarillo stands outs by being physical, playing aggressively and blocking his tail off. While other rookie receivers try to impress coaches with flashy catches scattered amidst stretches of mostly inconsistent play, Camarillo goes hard every snap and plays with a team-first mentality.

After all, the Chargers don't need a sixth receiver who can fly by corners and leap over defenders in a single bound. That is what the starters get paid to do. The Chargers need a sixth receiver who will play special teams, who will run routes to clear out space for Antonio Gates in the middle, and who will block for LaDainian Tomlinson. According to Ken Margerum, Greg Camarillo's receivers coach at Stanford, the Chargers may have found their guy.

"He's aggressive," Margerum said. "He's a good blocker and he's really fearless out on the field. He has a tremendous passion for the game. He was very coachable and was an enjoyable person to be around. He was a team guy."

Even though Cararillo brings so much to the table that most other receivers are lacking, that doesn't mean he can't catch the ball. He finished his career at Stanford with 46 catches for 613 yards, and was known for the quality of his catches rather than for the quantity of them.

"He's fearless going after the ball," boasted Margerum. "He can catch the ball over the middle, and he's got that attitude where he's willing to stick his nose in there."

It seems like Camarillo is just one of those athletes who can do it all. He can run, he can catch, he can block, and according his old coach, he is even more versatile than that.

"He's a great athlete," Margerum said. "You should see the way he can throw and punt the ball all over the field. He can actually punt the ball very well."

While such statements likely don't strike fear into the heart of Mike Scifres, they do show what kind of athlete Camarillo truly is. Versatile athletes such as him, especially those willing to block, will always have a place in this business. Just look at Hines Ward. He's doing alright for himself up in Pittsburgh.

But before Camarillo can even think about becoming the next Hines Ward, he'll first have to simply learn the playbook.

"His biggest challenge will be to learn the system," Margerum said. "The faster he can learn the system the quicker he can let his instincts take over. That way he won't have to hesitate and think out there, he'll just be able to react."

If Camarillo is able to reach that comfort level quickly enough, he may just end up sticking around. Even though a spot on the active roster is unlikely, a position on the practice squad isn't out of the question. In a league of full of bloated egos and bloated contracts, a team-first kid like Camarillo may deserve at least that much.


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