Ladarius Green Is The Last (Athletically Capable) Man Standing In San Diego
With Danario Alexander being done for the year, Antonio Gates aging and Malcolm Floyd gimpy, the Chargers have been driven to the position of singing street free agents like Seyi Ajirotuto and counting on a sub 6-foot, 4.65 40 guy to be their WR1. The team is so desperate that Robert Meachem is going to be seeing the field. I know the game watchers love Vincent Brown, but my stance on him isn’t changing as the Chargers weapons go down. However, as the receivers drop due to injuries and disappointment, there remains an above-average athlete, who can offer some dynamism to a stagnant offense.
6’6 Ladarius Green, who runs a legit 4.45 40, is the sort of guy who sits at the bottom of your dynasty roster just based off of the insane size/speed combination. Luckily for those who do roster Green, it’s looking more likely that he will see the field.
From ESPN’s AFC West Blog:
“He’s done a nice job of just getting into the flow of the game,” San Diego coach Mike McCoy said. “He’s a young football player with a good future in front of him and it’s just a matter of buying in and learning the system … He has improved his blocking and is a threat in the passing game. He’s getting better every day.”
Antonio Gates added: “Obviously, he can run and jump and he’s a big target, but just to see the growth over and over, day in and day out, him putting in the work, the preparation…He’s definitely going to be a player in this league and guys will start to notice him if he gets the chance to play and when he gets the chance to play.”
Bill Williamson’s post was published before Green’s 5 catch, 78 yard, 1 TD performance against the Bears’ in Thursday’s preseason action. Green was the only player to top 3 top catches, and Antonio Gates 3-28 makes for a nice converse to Green’s down-field explosion.
Regardless of how much Green plays or gets targeted, the Chargers are going to be a very bad team, consistently trailing in the 2nd half of games. Vincent Brown isn’t anything that’s going to spur on an offense, and we’ve seen what the Chargers pass catchers are. If you want a chance to grab Brandon Myers‘ 2012 season with more athleticism, Green is an ideal target. At the tight end position, where the name of the game is cheap upside, Ladarius Green is providing early indications of a solid 2013 performance and also long term dynasty prospects.