If Vincent Jackson had not held out for a majority of the season, we might be talking about him as one of the superstars of 2010. That became quite clear with his effort last Thursday night.
Finally back at full strength following a lengthy holdout and subsequent calf injury, Jackson absolutely exploded against the 49ers, catching five passes for 112 yards and three TDs. His first score was a thing of beauty, making an acrobatic catch with a defender right on him and then fighting to get into the endzone on a 58-yard bomb. And he could have had a fourth TD but just missed getting a foot inbounds.
The only thing that's a shame is that more owners did not get to enjoy this monster performance. With Jackson having done nothing going into Week 15, most owners decided he wasn't worth the risk and left him on the bench. But many of them are likely kicking themselves after the high-risk, high-reward player had one of the best games of his career.
Given how spectacular QB Philip Rivers has been all season, games like this could have been common for V-Jax had the Pro Bowler played a full season. Instead, all he can do is finish out this year with a bang — which he should do against the Bengals and Broncos — and look forward to a productive 2011, possibly in someplace other than San Diego.