The Chargers spent a 7th-round pick on RB Justin Jackson. The Northwestern alum spent 4 years as a workhorse, averaging 285.5 carries, 1,360 yards and 10.5 total TDs per season. Jackson added 122 receptions for 858 yards for his career, including 35 and 44 catches the past 2 years. He joins a backfield that saw Austin Ekeler flash as Melvin Gordon's #2 last season, but there's room for Jackson to battle for touches. The diminutive back ran a decent 4.52-second 40 at the Scouting Combine but crushed the explosion and agility tests: 89th percentile vert, 78th percentile broad, 85th percentile 3-cone, 93rd percentile short shuttle. Jackson will be worth watching this summer and beyond and belongs on the dynasty radar late in rookie drafts.
Chargers RB Justin Jackson (quad) is inactive for today’s game against the Chiefs. Rookie Joshua Kelley is locked in as the #2 RB behind Austin Ekeler — although game flow might work against Kelley today.
Chargers RB Justin Jackson (quad) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Rookie Joshua Kelley has cemented himself as Los Angeles’ #2 RB.
Chargers RB Justin Jackson (foot) practiced all week and will play in Sunday’s opener against the Bengals. We’ll see how touches are divvied between Jackson and Joshua Kelley behind Austin Ekeler — but Ekeler is the only viable Week 1 fantasy play.
Chargers RB Justin Jackson left Sunday's scrimmage with a foot injury, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. We don't know any other specifics on the issue yet but will keep an eye out for updates. Jackson is competing with Joshua Kelley for the #2 job in the L.A. backfield.
The Chargers are "still very high" on RB Justin Jackson, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. The 2018 7th-rounder has struggled staying healthy even in a limited role over the past 2 seasons but has averaged a strong 5.1 yards per carry. Popper doesn't expect the Chargers to add an early-round back later this month to replace Melvin Gordon. If that's the case, Jackson could be in for a sneaky-big role behind undersized Austin Ekeler, who hasn't topped 132 carries in an NFL season.
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