After the news yesterday that San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson would need surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee, suffered on the second day of Training Camp, it appears that the team is already looking towards the future.
There are lots of unsigned veteran free agent wide receivers available right now, and the Chargers have already decided to bring in two of them for a visit, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
James Jones returned to the Green Bay Packers last year after an injury to Jordy Nelson in preseason, a year after a mediocre season with the Oakland Raiders. With Aaron Rodgers throwing to him, Jones showed that he’s still a big-play threat at 32 years old. Jones certainly has the skills to replace Stevie Johnson, but he still needs to prove that he can perform without Rodgers as his QB.
Brian Hartline is a few years younger than Jones, and relies more on crisp route-running than athleticism to get open. He’s never had a great QB throwing him the ball, and struggled to get much of anything going with the Cleveland Browns last year. Now he’s looking for a new team and a better situation, and he could be a very good partner with Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry to open up the defense in the middle of the field.