My Top Five Charger standouts from Week Two against the Titans:
Top Veteran Player: Malcom Floyd
Malcom Floyd had another great game this week. He and Rivers are solid and in sync together this season. Malcom had six catches for 109 yards and could have had a touchdown but was called incomplete by the refs stating he lost control of the ball. Now, from the angles they showed on the replay it looked like he made the catch. However, he was falling with his back turned in the endzone as he fell to the ground so it was tough to see if the ball came out when he hit the ground. Either way Malcom had a great game being Rivers main target again this week.
Top Offensive Player: Dante Rosario
Dante was the standout of the game alongside Malcom. He and the rest of the backup tight ends (McMichael and Green) held it down for Gates since Gates was out with his rib injury he suffered last week in Oakland. Dante had the most catches out of the three tight ends that played in this game. He had four catches for 48 yards and three touchdowns! This was the tight end’s game! Offensively, Rivers got Dante and the rest of the TEs the ball with most of his throws over the middle of the field to them. Good to see Gates has some very capable TEs behind him to keep the tight ends a threat on the field.
Top Rookie Player: Ladarius Green
Ladarius was one of the three tight ends in this game to get the ball and make a play. He only had one catch for 31 yards on the first play of the second quarter. He showed he could get some good yards after the catch and broke a tackle and made one man miss as he ran that one pass all the way to the chargers nine yard line; He set them up for a first and goal which would eventually lead to a Chargers field goal. I hope the chargers get him a little more involved on the field as the season goes on. I think he could be a great TE for the chargers.
Top Defensive Player: Donald Butler
Donald had another solid game again this week. He is always around the football and making plays and just goes about his business especially in this game. Donald pressured Jake Locker on a third and nine play toward the end of the first quarter, when the titans were backed up at their own 12 yard line. Donald also contributed to Chris Johnson’s less than stellar game on the ground by Donald tackling Chris behind the line of scrimmage in the second quarter. Also, in the second quarter Locker was getting pressure from the Chargers D-line and forced a bad throw right at Donald who tipped it in the air and Atari Bigby almost had a Chargers INT because of it.
He and the rest of the Chargers defense – especially the defensive line along with Shaun Phillips – finally had pressure on an offense ALL game long. If the defense can stay energized and aggressive like they did this week, it will be great to see. Now, with the Falcons coming to town this week it will be a little better measuring stick to see how they handle the Falcons offensive line; Matt Ryan commanding the hurry up, Michael Turner, Roddy White on the right side of the field, Tony Gonzales, Julio Jones on the left side, and Harry Douglas in the slot.
Top Special Teams Player: Richard Goodman
Richard Goodman gave the Bolts a good starting field position on their early touchdown drives. Goodman set up the bolts at/or around the 30 yard line by using his speed and getting a couple blocks in front of him. He didn’t get the ball much this game but on his kick return in the second quarter he was a block away from taking it to the house and adding another touchdown to the chargers day.
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