College: Northwestern | 3 years
Height: 6'0" | Weight: 199 lbs
Birth Date: 4/22/1996
Depth Chart: RB1.2
2020 Bye Week: 10
Questionable - Quadriceps
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
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Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson (quad) didn't practice on Thursday. His availability for Week 2 is in doubt, and his place on this team's depth chart appears to be in doubt as well. Rookie Joshua Kelley seemed to grab the No. 2 running back role from Jackson in Week 1, relegating Jackson to a reserve role when he returns. His re-draft value has taken a huge hit.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson (toe) is not listed on the team's Week 1 injury report ahead of their game against the Bengals. Jackson fought a toe injury at the end of training camp, but he looks to be just fine ahead of the season opener. The 24-year-old might have to share repetitions with rookie Joshua Kelley as the backup to Austin Ekeler after the rookie impressed during training camp. Jackson obviously has more experience than Jackson, though, and he had 29 carries for 200 yards (6.9 yards per carry) in 2019. Jackson has been very efficient when he does touch the ball and this backfield should get plenty of work this year, but Jackson is merely a dart throw as a flex option in deeper leagues this weekend until we get a better read on who the Bolts actual No. 2 back is.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson won't have a long leash as the No. 2 back behind Austin Ekeler in 2020. Jackson played in just seven games because of injuries in his second season in the NFL last year, rushing for 200 yards on 29 carries (6.9 yards per tote), but he might fall to third on the depth chart quickly if he can't stay on the field this year. The Bolts drafted Joshua Kelley in the fourth round in April, so he'll push Jackson for work as the backup. There will be opportunity, however, with Melvin Gordon III now in Denver. The 24-year-old Jackson could have standalone value as a flex play in deep PPR leagues if he can hold off the rookie. Otherwise, he's a solid handcuff for Ekeler owners.
The Los Angeles Chargers remain "very high on" running back Justin Jackson. Melvin Gordon is now playing for the Broncos, so there will be more opportunity for Jackson behind Austin Ekeler moving forward. Jackson, a seventh-round pick by the Bolts in 2018, has rushed 79 times for 406 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in his 20 games (one start) in two seasons for the Chargers. The soon-to-be 25-year-old also has 24 catches for 157 yards in his two years in the league. Ekeler should take over workhorse duties in this backfield with Gordon gone, but Jackson will have a role as a change-of-pace back and could be a great value pick late in fantasy drafts this fall.