Eddie Royal's touchdown pace is unsustainable, but he and Antonio Gates are the most trustworthy options in Philip Rivers' efficient, quick-throwing offense. Malcom Floyd's neck injury opens up more chances for Vincent Brown to contribute.
Royal pain for defenders
Danny Woodhead will continue stealing snaps from Ryan Mathews on pass-heavy drives, as well.
Anquan Boldin ran into Richard Sherman in Week 2; he was targeted just four times and caught just one pass. Vernon Davis also was quiet on five looks. The run game ... equally dormant. Colin Kaepernick and company should bounce back in the coming weeks.
Golden Tate (nine targets so far), Sidney Rice (eight) and Doug Baldwin (10) will comprise a weekly guessing game in terms of receiving production. Week 2 was a Russell Wilson dud perpetuated by a stout San Francisco defense that let Marshawn Lynch run wild.
Of the three wide receivers, Tate still has the biggest boom potential.
Daryl Richardson's 16 utilizations dwarfed Isaiah Pead's five in Week 2, Pead's first game back from suspension. Pead will be used in passing-down calls, but Richardson won't lose his majority command yet.
Their tepid run game has prompted Sam Bradford to go wild, though. Tavon Austin was unleashed with 14 looks Sunday. Austin Pettis' 11 shouldn't come as a shock considering the rave reviews his camp earned. Big-play weapons Chris Givens and Jared Cook complicate things, but all four make for acceptable starting-lineup depth, with Pettis dependent on PPR formats.
Rumblings of Josh Freeman's departure -- via benching or trade -- jeopardize Vincent Jackson's season-long viability. He relies on the deep ball. Rookie Mike Glennon doesn't have Freeman's arm strength and would look more frequently on midrange targets to Mike Williams and others.
Kendall Wright: moving up, with 11 targets after four in Week 1. He's a stealthy PPR asset. Kenny Britt: moving down. He was benched for mental mistakes and questions about his blocking effort. Britt's recent tweet hints that Justin Hunter might get his chance as the season goes along.
Besides Pierre Garcon, Washington's receiving options will vary in preference week to week. Leonard Hankerson was much quieter on Sunday than he was in the opener.
More starkly, Alfred Morris has just 28 utilizations. Other than a 32-yard run last week and a TD in Week 1, he's been average. A lot of his future depends on how quickly we can see the old, healthy Robert Griffin III, which might not arrive for a few weeks.
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