Chargers CB J.C. Jackson inactive against the Vikings

Ric Tapia - The Sporting Tribune
Chargers make a surprise move before having to face Justin Jefferson on Sunday.

When the Chargers inactive list came out, a surprising name appeared in cornerback J.C. Jackson. He wouldn’t be suiting up against Minnesota.

It seems like a healthy scratch because Jackson wasn’t on the injury report all week unless something happened in the last 24 hours.

Michael Davis and Asante Samuel Jr. seem to be a better fit against Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison.

Last week, Brandon Staley decided to rotate the cornerbacks to pick and choose the correct spots they believed could give them the best chance to win. It didn’t because they lost.

Staley said this on Monday, “As we continue to play these games and perform, then the competition is going to express itself. Then, two guys will emerge, and we’ll be able to settle on our starting two. Right now, it kind of is where it is, and we need to keep moving forward.”

That lasted only a short time, as Jackson will not play Sunday.

There is no question that Jackson has struggled returning from his injury that cost him most of 2022. He couldn’t keep up with Tyreek Hill in week one.

He played in 63% of the snaps last week, with Davis only playing 37% and Samuel all the snaps.

Jackson was given a five-year, $82.5 million contract last offseason, and it has yet to work as both sides had hoped. Safety Derwin James has been vocal that he believes Jackson can return to his Pro Bowl level.

It will be interesting to see Staley’s reasoning after the game.