Vincent Jackson Injury: Is Patrick Crayton Worth a Week 5 Waiver Wire Add?

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIOctober 3, 2011

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Patrick Crayton #12 of the San Diego Chargers ready at the line of scrimmage against the New England Patriots at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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San Diego Chargers No. 1 receiver Vincent Jackson was used sparingly in the second half of the team's 26-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Jackson has a "leg muscle strain" and the Chargers believe he injured the leg as a result of compensating for his lingering abdomen strain.

Jackson returned to the lineup a few times in the second half, but didn't have any catches, after blowing up for three receptions, 108 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Quarterback Philip Rivers managed to spread the ball around to six other targets in Jackson's absence, and made good use of running back Ryan Mathews out of the backfield, hitting the Fresno State product five times for 68 yards.

While some would think Patrick Crayton would be a good add with Jackson banged up, the eight year veteran was only targeted by Rivers once, he made the catch and gained just three yards. In addition to that, if Jackson was able to make it on to the field, there is a good chance he will play in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. It's likely that he will sit out practice for much of the week but I don't think Jackson will miss Sunday's game.

Crayton will also be behind Malcom Floyd on the depth chart, who has been battling a groin strain but did make two catches for 26 yards on Sunday and has always been one of Rivers' favorite targets.

Unless you have a serious hole at wide receiver there is no reason to add Crayton right now. Antonio Gates hopes to run on his foot this week and rookie receiver Vincent Brown—the team's third-round draft pick in 2011—has been coming along nicely and caught two passes for 26 yards against the Dolphins.

That means Crayton has a lot of guys to compete for catches with. Picking him up might be a waste of a roster spot until there is a guarantee that Jackson or Floyd will miss significant time.