The San Diego Chargers will have to move on from Vincent Jackson since he signed a five year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two months ago. Jackson had 60 receptions, 1,106 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions in 16 games last season, which were second, first and first on San Diego’s roster. When Jackson missed 11 games during the 2010 season, Philip Rivers led the NFL in passing yards, had 30 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. Jackson had three touchdowns in five games that season, but all of his TDs were in one game against the San Francisco 49ers, and he did not catch a pass in a game against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Chargers signed Robert Meachem to a four year deal worth $25.9 million on the same day that Jackson signed with Tampa. Meachem had 40 receptions, 620 yards and six TD receptions for the New Orleans Saints last season. I do not expect Meachem to match Jackson’s production, but he will be more productive than Legedu Naanee in 2010. When Naanee was Jackson’s primary replacement in 2010, he had 23 receptions, 371 yards and one TD in 10 games, so he was on pace for 37 receptions, 594 yards and two touchdowns in a full season.
Malcom Floyd had 37 receptions, 717 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games during the 2010 season and 43 receptions, 856 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games last season. Floyd was on pace for 54 receptions, 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns in 2010. He led the NFL in yards per reception last season, led San Diego in receiving yards per game and was on pace for 57 receptions, 1,141 yards and seven touchdowns. Antonio Gates appeared in 10 games during the 2010 season, but led San Diego in receiving yards and touchdown receptions, while he appeared in 13 games last season and led the team in receptions, was second in receiving yards and touchdown receptions. Vincent Brown was a third round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and had 19 receptions for 329 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games last season. Brown could be more of a factor this season as well, so with the addition of Meachem combined with Gates and Floyd, San Diego should have enough depth to replace Jackson.