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Turner has big plans for Chargers' tight ends

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By Michael Blunda

Norv Turner isn't about to let WR Vincent Jackson's impending holdout limit his offensive options. To make up for the likely absence of his top wideout, Turner has decided to get creative — instead of deploying additional receivers, he's taking advantage of his stellar collection of tight ends. From what we hear, the head coach and play-caller plans for his tight ends to play a major role in the passing game this season, and he has experimented with various formations in training camp, including three-TE sets. Already having arguably the league's best tight end in Antonio Gates, who signed a five-year contract extension in late July, and the versatile Kris Wilson, the Bolts added veteran Randy McMichael this offseason to round out the unit. With all three being skilled pass catchers, San Diego believes that putting the trio on the field simultaneously will pose serious matchup problems for opponents. Having multiple big bodies out there at once to block also could bolster the rushing attack.

 

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