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Despite Chargers’ woes, Jackson improving

Vincent Jackson, Chargers wide receiver

While it is true that the Chargers lost against the Green Bay Packers last week, there was one bright spot: wide receiver Vincent Jackson.  Jackson caught six balls for 98 yards in that loss, yet those results may be indicative of the apparent progress that Jackson has made.  Chargers head coach Norv Turner told Mike Sullivan of the North County Times, “No question.  He’s coming on.  I think he’s been coming on since mid-last year, and I think he’s really developing some confidence and Philip (Rivers) is developing a lot of confidence in him.”

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers concurred with Turner, adding, “We saw him do it late in the year last year, but he had yet to really get going a lot this year.  He had a really good game, probably his best game since he’s been here.  Just the way he played overall — the run game, knowing all his assignments.  I think for the passing game, that was a big step.”  Jackson aims to do his part in helping the Chargers return to their high-octane offense of old.

In Jackson’s opinion, if he can make more downfield plays, that will create more running lanes for running back LaDanian Tomlinson.  Jackson added, “It’s really sad that people are that caught up in statistics because we have played really well.  I think we have one of the best receiving corps in the league.  We’re the best blockers.  We’ve been out here stretching the field and doing the things we need to do, but sometimes it doesn’t show up numbers-wise.   That’s what people get concerned with, and we’re still hearing it.”

The Chargers face the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, which should provide a stern test for the Chargers’ offense once again.  The Chiefs are limited offensively, but their defense is ranked 7th overall.  A collective effort by tight end Antonio Gates, Rivers, and most definitely Jackson will be necessary for the Bolts to even their record at 2-2.

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