This is a huge year for offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who’s going to have more freedom to do his thing with a few Jack Del Rio insiders gone from the coaching staff.
Koetter said David Garrard liked working with Osgood during Pro Bowl week. But more interesting was this:
“The body of his work over the course of his career shows he is a big, fast receiver who has proven he can play NFL-caliber football, but he really has never had the opportunity to compete and become an every-down wide receiver. We didn’t feel like he’s going to be less of a special teams player. He’s going to be just as good of a special teams player, but we are going to allow him the opportunity to compete to be an every-down player at wide receiver. If he’s good enough to crack the lineup then it’s a win-win. It’s a win for him and a win for us. He has the size, the speed, the understanding and the background knowledge. He has been in a big-time passing offense in San Diego. He worked well with David (Garrard) in the Pro Bowl practices. David spoke very highly of him from the practices. We’re going to see what he can do when he gets in the mix with our receivers.”
Biggest thing there is the opportunity for Osgood not just to be part of a rotation or win a third wideout spot, but to be an every-down player. Maybe that’s incredibly optimistic.
But it seems clear Mike Sims-Walker is one starter and the team would like either Troy Williamson or Osgood to be the bigger (Osgood’s bigger), faster (Williamson’s faster) target opposite him, with last year’s rookie crop of Mike Thomas, Jarett Dillard and Tiquan Underwood competing for roles around them.