CHARGERS: Questions aplenty at wide receiver BY SCOTT BAIR email@example.com | Posted: Monday, August 1, 2011 2:00 am SAN DIEGO — Assuming he's healthy, Vincent Jackson will start at receiver. After that, the pecking order for primary pass catchers is a little fuzzy. The Chargers finished the free agent frenzy without signing a veteran receiver from outside the organization. Those still hoping for a veteran import at the position shouldn't hold their breath. The Chargers will monitor the waiver wire throughout camp in hopes of finding good football players, but they aren't zeroed in on receivers (or inside linebackers for that matter). Malcom Floyd remains a free agent and the market for his services has dropped significantly as receivers of his caliber sign bargain contracts — Plaxico Burress and Mike Sims-Walker inked one-year deals worth $3 million — but it would have to go even lower for the Chargers to bite. That means the Chargers will work with the players they have. That should mean increased responsibility for Patrick Crayton, a cagy veteran acquired in trade before last season's opener. Crayton was coming into his own before a season-ending wrist injury, tallying at least 70 yards receiving in four of the five games before getting hurt. "It'll be nice to have a full training camp here," said Crayton, who Chargers coach Norv Turner said has had a great start to camp. "Last year I was learning on the fly. It'll be good to get in sync with Philip and the other receivers and the whole flow of the offense. "I think that will allow me to take on more responsibility in this offense. I love this scheme and I think I can be very productive within it." While the Chargers have promising rookie wideouts, including San Diego State grad Vincent Brown, it's unrealistic to expect much from them early in the year. Veteran Kelley Washington is on the roster, but he's a special teamer who wasn't heavily involved in the passing game last year. Second-year pro Seyi Ajirotutu has a real chance to move up the depth chart. He was incredibly productive at times (4 catches, 111 yards and two TDs against Houston) and a low priority at others, but he believes he can prove himself worthy with a solid camp. With Floyd not here and Legedu Naanee allowed to leave as a free agent, there is an opportunity for him to step up. "That's what I'm hoping for," Ajirotutu said. "I have to come out and prepare every day like that's the situation. If it's not the case, then I have to keep performing well and make the coaches' decision on whom to play extremely difficult. "There's a lot of opportunity here, but I have to take advantage of it. I have to take advantage of each day and prepare well and make the plays I need to make. That's all I can do." Turner said that, as with all positions, his depth chart will form throughout camp. "Those things work themselves out as you go through," he said. "We're going to select our team based on practice and who plays based upon performance. We're going to position them based upon what they do really well." The Chargers don't need more star receivers to function at a high level. Quarterback Philip Rivers proved that last year, when he threw for a career high 4,710 yards without Jackson and Crayton, Floyd, Naanee and Gates hobbled at various times. With Jackson back and Gates eventually getting healthy, there will be less attention paid to other receivers. Steady play from Crayton, Ajirotutu and Washington and the emergence of another receiver could give the Chargers a solid receiver corps without adding another player. "Last year I spent significant time making sure I had all my assignments down," Ajirotutu said. "This year I'm focused on consistency. I can make plays, but I need to do it all the time. Whatever my role on this team is, I need to fill it to the best of my ability on every play."