Rhema McKnight found himself out of work Thursday when he was released by the New Orleans Saints who have a crowded wide receiver corps.
“The Saints made two roster moves on Thursday afternoon. They signed receiver Chris Jackson and guard Tim Duckworth, while waiving receiver Rhema McKnight and guard Wes Sims.” ( NOLA )
McKnight, however, was not out of work very long. On Friday, the Chargers found out that Eric Parker would be out for 10 weeks and signed McKnight.
In roster moves today, the club cut running back Reggie Merriweather and signed receiver Rhema McKnight, an undrafted free agent signed by New Orleans, but recently released.
The 6-1, 211 pound McKnight was one of the most productive receivers in Notre Dame history, and is known as an outstanding blocker with an excellent work ethic and intangibles. As a senior, he had 67 catches for 907 yards and 15 touchdowns. (Chargers Football Extra)
The Chargers aren’t particularly deep at receiver. They have, for the most part, a group of young and inexperienced receivers so there is a chance that McKnight could catch on here if he can show some consistency in camp. McKnight’s big knock last year were his hands – something that wasn’t as big of an issue prior for the 2006 season.
It’s crazy to think that a guy who scored 15 touchdowns in a single season for Notre Dame will have to fight for a roster spot in the NFL, but such seems to be the case with McKnight who went undrafted back in April. McKnight’s situation also makes the argument used against Brady Quinn leading up to the draft of his receivers making him look better than he was seem a bit silly. If his receivers were the ones making him look good why is it that one of them is already on his second NFL team one week into training camp?
Regardless, I’d love to see McKnight catch on with the Chargers if for no other reason than for giving me an excuse to buy one of those sweet powder blue Chargers jerseys. San Diego…. Super Chargers… San Diego Chargers… CHARGE! (second best team fight song in the NFL behind Fly Eagles Fly)