Insider Edge: How Much Does Randy Have Left?

Will Randy McMichael form an unstoppable pass-catching duo with Antonio Gates? Or will he bogart a roster spot and stunt Dedrick Epps' development? To find out the truth about the newest Charger, we turn to national columnist Doug Farrar.

The Chargers signed free agent TE Randy McMichael on Thursday, adding the nine-year veteran to a mix that already includes Antonio Gates and Kris Wilson.

McMichael has played in 116 games in his career, catching 367 balls for 3,996 yards and 22 scores. One of his best seasons came in Miami in 2003 when -- under the guidance of offensive coordinator Norv Turner -- he caught 49 passes for 598 yards.

Can McMichael rekindle that magic in San Diego? To find out, we turn things over the national columnist Doug Farrar for his expert analysis:

He's on the downhill slide, but he could still be reasonably productive in a limited role (which is surely what he'll have behind Antonio Gates).

My concerns about McMichael (age, low catch-rate for so many short passes, inability to break long gains) are somewhat mitigated by the fact that he's going from the league's worst quarterback situation to one of its best.

He was overshadowed by Daniel Fells as last season went on, but I don't know how much that had to do with coverage; the Rams had no real receivers to speak of and Fells was often the second tight end, running quick routes after chips near the line.

Doug Farrar is the Publisher of NorthwestFootball.net. He also writes for Football Outsiders, the Washington Post, ESPN.com, and the Seattle Times.


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