The Holes Left Behind

San Diego Chargers quarterback, insert your favorite name here, drops back to pass. He runs left. He zig-zags right. He sees an open man and tosses it up. Two yards downfield he catches his pass and runs out of bounds just shy of the line of scrimmage. The longest gain of the day for the Bolts. If they only had David Boston...

David Boston is apparently on his way out of town. That's newsworthy, but what also draws attention is the unit he leaves behind. Let's say the Chargers follow through in eventually trading or releasing Boston, the one-time Pro Bowler.

A peek at the team's wide receiving corps minus Boston makes some cover their eyes. Reche Caldwell, the No. 2 receiver, has been a second-round bust. A fractured wrist and a hamstring injury limited him to eight catches for 80 yards in 2003. His intensity level has been questioned numerous times.

Tim Dwight ended the season on injured reserve with a recurring rib injury. He had but 14 catches for 193 yards. He's a spark plug, but he's always hurt.

Eric Parker showed some promise, but he's undersized like Dwight and susceptible to injury. He finished the year on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, an ailment that seems to be chronic. When on the field he was productive with 18 catches for 244 yards and three touchdowns. But keeping him healthy seems to be a huge challenge.

Kassim Osgood showed some promise late in the season as the team has perfected the art of getting undrafted free agents to do all the work. Osgood is a solid blocker and could become a force, but even receivers picked in the first round don't usually make an impact until year three.

Dondre Gilliam and Tim Baker, two other wideouts on the roster, have been released.

Is it any wonder running back LaDainian Tomlinson was the team's leading receiver with 100 catches?

And that was with Boston in the lineup. Dumping Boston -- and looking at the depth here -- makes some speculate the Chargers will reach for either USC's Mike Williams or Pittsburgh's Larry Fitzgerald in the draft; they have the No. 1 pick.

Of course, the Chargers also need someone to fling the ball to the wideouts, which leads other to predict the Chargers will draft a quarterback.

So many holes, so many questions needing to be answered for a 4-12 team which is primed to chase away one of its lone legitimate threats in the moody Boston.

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