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Analysis: Chargers need V-Jax's services

Posted on: November 23, 2010 7:42 pm
V. Jackson will return this week, and San Diego really needs him (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Chargers officially added WR Vincent Jackson to its roster today (and, in the process, released K Kris Brown), so it’s time to figure out what this means for San Diego.

Obviously, his inclusion will help the Chargers. Or, at least, it should.

QB Philip Rivers has been awesome this year – he’s on pace to break Dan Marino’s record for most passing yards in a season – and as a result, the Chargers average 418.2 yards per game, tops in the NFL. San Diego, by the way, ranks 17th in the running game, so the fact the Chargers are No. 1 overall is an impressive accomplishment for Rivers (and TE Antonio Gates).

Let’s assume for a second that Jackson will perform somewhat close to what he’s provided on the field in previous seasons.

The past two years he’s averaged 63.5 catches for 1,132.5 yards and eight touchdowns – that equals four catches, 73 yards and 0.5 TDs per game, respectively – and if he can provide his team that kind of production, the Chargers offense will get even better.

For now, Jackson will have to be as good as advertised.

WR Patrick Crayton, who’s having one of the best seasons of his career, will be out for the next couple weeks because of the wrist injury he suffered Monday, WR Malcom Floyd is still dealing with a hamstring issue that’s affecting his playing time and WR Legedu Naanee can’t kick his hamstring problem. Plus, Gates’ plantar fasciitis continues to hamper him.

The other question, though, is whether Jackson can perform at the same level after not playing all season because of that nasty contract dispute. According to teammates, he’s practiced at a very high level for the past three weeks, and judging by Sidney Rice’s performance last week (three catches, 57 yards), it’s possible for a WR who hasn’t played all year to be effective after missing 10 games (or, in Rice’s case, nine games).

At this point, though, Jackson’s effectiveness has become a need instead of simply a nice addition for a Chargers team who, once again, is thinking about the postseason. And Jackson will get his chance to prove he's worth the extraordinary amount of money that he feels he deserves.

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Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:31 pm

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How many other teams are fortunate it get a probowl caliber player for a playoff stretch run? As one poster mentioned, this is just like an early Xmas present especially with the current amount of injuries to our WR Core. I fully expect him to come in and pick up where he left off last year. The 3 week charger imposed suspension actually worked to their favor by letting VJ get back in game shape and getting back up to speed with the Chargers offense.

Since: Nov 11, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:29 pm

Analysis: Chargers need V-Jax's services

while its true that jackson hasnt been playing, those who doubt his ability to make an immediate impact arent considering that he also isnt coming back from an injury. of course, he will be a little rusty and will probably have to make some adjustments but its not like he's been out for 12 weeks with a cast on his leg...he's been training the whole time and doesnt come back with health issues. so i think comparing him to sidney rice (who also plays for a defunct offense/team) is pretty misleading. i think the factor with the greatest chance of hampering him will be the playcalling, although turner has shown his support of jackson in the past and theres little reason to think he wont see a lot of action.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:40 pm

Analysis: Chargers need V-Jax's services

It's an early Christmas for the Chargers with all the injuries. AJ messed up with this one but the past is the past. He would be wise to humble up and admit he made a mistake instead of pointing his finger at others and just give him a fair deal for his excelent service he gives the team when it comes time to show up. He has let so much talent go with little or no compensation and if he does not change his stance it will happen again.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:15 pm

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As a Charger fan, I'm happy he's back. Not because I like him, but because he fills a need. What he does next year is irrelevant because A- there will probably be no NFL football in 2011 and B- as this season has shown, anyone with a pulse and a pair of hands can succeed in San Diego because Rivers will find them. When Seyi Ajiratutu can go for 4/111/2 td, then Jackson's leverage is virtually gone.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2010 7:43 am

Analysis: Chargers need V-Jax's services

You better enjoy him while you got him of course this is his last year here. AJ Smith is a horses a$$ and has played hardball on to many times. This time it will cost him dearly because V Jax is one of the truly great young wr out there plus he fits you guys systems, your loss will be someones gain. Sorry Charger Fans AJ blew this one

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