Chargers' depth extends beyond the defense

"Line em up three deep," San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith would say. How does five deep sound?

It was a staple of the Chargers' preseason talk: how are the Chargers wide receivers going to do?

So far, just fine thank you.

"Our receiving corps was too little or wasn't experienced enough or wasn't fast enough," said wide out Eric Parker.

But among the reasons first-year starting quarterback Philip Rivers is enjoying such a good year is the work of his wideouts.

Keenan McCardell and Parker deliver the speed and knack for getting open at just the right time. Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson both stand at 6-5, which makes them an easy aim for Rivers. Questions, what questions?

"I think those questions have been answered and I think we never saw them as questions," Rivers said.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson and tight end Antonio Gates are still first in many of Rivers' progressions. But don't go to asleep on the wide outs.

Parker led the team with seven catches on Sunday, and four were good for first downs. Of McCardell's six snags, half of them moved the chains.

Overall, Parker leads the wide outs with 18 catches for 274 yards. McCardell is next with 16 for 178. Jackson and Floyd each have two receiving TDs.

"We just play, man," Parker said. "We make plays in the passing game when we need them."


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