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Despite all the preseason talk about free-agent additions Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal, Chargers QB Philip Rivers relied on two pass catchers he knows well in Week One.
Of Rivers’ 33 pass attempts, eight went to TE Antonio Gates and six went to WR Malcom Floyd. Meachem and Royal each had two apiece. We had heard earlier this summer that Gates looked as good as he had in recent years — though a rib injury suffered in Week One may slow him — so his targets come as no surprise, but Floyd was flying under the radar during camp. We hear one reason for that may have been that Rivers spent a lot of time working with Meachem and Royal, as Floyd needed the fewest reps with Rivers of the group.
Eventually, Meachem and Royal will become bigger parts of the offense, but early on, Rivers is certainly more comfortable with Floyd, who was on the field for 15 more snaps than Meachem in Week One. Moving forward, Meachem and Royal will certainly see more snaps as they get acquainted with the offense, but it may not come at the expense of Floyd.