You can’t blame Chargers QB Philip Rivers for remaining politically correct on the topic of Vincent Jackson. He has very little to gain for doing anything otherwise.
So as the Chargers prepare to move ahead without Jackson for at least the first three games of the season, Philips (predictably) told “NFL Total Access” that he believes in the rest of the receiving core — Buster Davis, Malcom Floyd, Legedu Naanee and Josh Reed — and the team isn’t changing its expectations.
“I think they are [ready]. And you never really know until you have to be,” Rivers said about replacing Jackson. “Those guys, when called on, may have a bigger role. Whatever it is, though, we’re not going to change our mindset. Our goals, our expectations, are going to stay lofty.”
Here’s a longer version of Rivers’ take on playing without Jackson and LT Marcus McNeill, and check out the video above for what he had to say about the absence of LaDainian Tomlinson, rookie Ryan Matthews and the high expectations in San Diego.