Adam Bettcher/Getty Images
Vincent Jackson is a very good wide receiver, and his presence will be sorely missed in San Diego.
Many people in the media expect the Chargers' passing game sans Jackson to take a big hit in production.
Luckily, the Chargers have the right personnel to fill the huge hole that Jackson has left on the team.
As always, the Chargers will lean heavily on Antonio Gates. If he is able to stay healthy, he will have his usual 1,000-yard season. Chargers fans have to be crossing their fingers in hopes that Gates will get through 2012 without any injuries.
However, the main player that people will look towards to replace Jackson is new addition Robert Meachem.
Meachem did not have much pressure in a pass-happy New Orleans Saints offense that was full of weapons. Because Meachem was part of a large and very talented group of pass-catchers with the Saints, he has rather pedestrian stats considering the contract the Chargers signed him to.
Despite his lackluster stats, Meachem is expected to contribute in a big way. He appears to be the perfect fit for Norv Turner's passing offense, which is predicated on making big gains down the field.
Meachem has the speed and route-running ability to get open downfield and make impressive catches with his solid set of hands. He's never been relied upon as heavily as he will be in the upcoming season, and his skill set points towards him having a breakout year.
Additionally, The Chargers expect Malcom Floyd to step up.
Floyd played in only 12 games last year for the Chargers, but he was still able to haul in 43 catches for 856 yards. His per-catch average was an eye-popping 19.9 yards, which led the NFL.
Floyd's ability to use his size downfield to make big plays will help ease the loss of Jackson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Another receiver on the roster that the Chargers expect big things from is Vincent Brown.
In his rookie season, Brown displayed impeccable route running. Brown's routes appeared to endear him to Philip Rivers, as Rivers looked for the rookie in key spots last season.
Brown appears to be the perfect receiver to sit in the slot and take advantage of defenses that will be keying on Meachem, Floyd and Gates.
Unfortunately for Brown, the Chargers also added Eddie Royal to compete for the slot-receiver position.
Royal has been a thorn in the Chargers' side in the past, and they hope that he will be able to show the same form in 2012 that he has displayed as a Chargers' opponent.
It is very exciting to see four talented wide receivers on the Chargers roster following the departure of Jackson.
It remains to be seen if any of the four receivers will individually match the same production as Jackson. However, it is very likely that the collective group of receivers, in addition to Gates, will allow the Chargers passing game to experience no drop off in production in 2012.