Justin Jackson

Detroit Lions
Running Back #32
Detroit Lions
Running Back #32
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Role shrinking

Jackson rushed once for four yards while catching three of five targets for 19 yards during Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Jackson logged his lowest proportion of offensive snaps (21 percent) in five weeks on a day that D'Andre Swift (51) regained lead duties in the Lions backfield from Jamaal Williams (30). As long as Swift and Williams stay healthy, Jackson's snaps figure to remain in check. The Northwestern product will remain off the fantasy radar in Week 14 against Minnesota.

Dec 5, 2022 12:47 PM EST


Five touches on Thanksgiving

Jackson rushed four times for four yards while catching one of two targets for 15 yards during Thursday's loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Jackson logged double-digit offensive snaps for the fourth straight week despite the availability of both Jamaal Williams and D'Andre Swift. However, Swift's playing time continues to trend upwards as he distances himself from shoulder and ankle injuries that forced him to miss time earlier this year, and Jackson subsequently saw a downtick in playing time compared to last week. While Jackson should remain involved in the offense with Craig Reynolds (ribs) sidelined and Detroit needing to keep Swift out of the injury tent, Jackson's primary value as a fantasy asset remains as the potential early-down injury replacement for Jamaal Williams and his league-leading 13 touchdowns.

Nov 25, 2022 10:27 AM EST



Game-high 66 yards

Jackson rushed nine times for 66 yards and caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's 31-18 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Jackson continued to stay involved in the gameplan despite sitting at third on Detroit's running back depth chart. The veteran back finished second in touches behind Jamaal Williams (17) and ahead of D'Andre Swift (eight), but the latter two were the beneficiaries of the Lions' four rushing scores. Jackson has performed well in his limited role of late, but there isn't enough volume to justify starting him against the Bills on Thanksgiving.

Nov 20, 2022 3:53 PM EST


Six touches against Chicago

Jackson rushed four times for 14 yards while catching two of three targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 31-30 win over Chicago.

Analysis: While Jackson didn't see more playing time than D'Andre Swift this time, he didn't see much less considering the depth option logged 27 percent of the carries compared to 31 for Swift. Meanwhile, Jamaal Williams (40 percent) again carried the load while Craig Reynolds (ribs) missed the first of the four games he'll have to spend on IR, at minimum. It will be interesting to see if Swift continues to see more playing time as he further distances himself from his should and ankle injuries or if Jackson will maintain a significant role in the backfield.

Nov 15, 2022 4:28 PM EST


Rushes for 27 yards

Jackson rushed four times for 27 yards during Sunday's 15-9 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Jackson wound up logging the second-most snaps among Lions running backs thanks to Craig Reynolds (ribs) being forced out of the game early and the injury-prone D'Andre Swift being slowly worked back into the game plan. While it is possible Swift could see more work in Week 10 against Chicago, Jackson could still see another handful of touches if Reynolds misses time.

Nov 7, 2022 11:26 AM EST



Another handful of touches

Jackson rushed three times for 14 yards but was unable to secure his only target during Sunday's 29-0 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Jackson again saw a little work on offense with D'Andre Swift (shoulder) still on the sidelines, but he was a clear third wheel behind Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds. With Swift expected back after the Lions' Week 6 bye, Jackson should return to containment on special teams in Week 7 against the Cowboys.

Oct 10, 2022 8:41 AM EST


Sees time on offense

Jackson rushed twice for three yards while catching two of two targets for four yards during Sunday's 48-45 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Jackson saw his first nine offensive snaps of the season but didn't do much with the touches he was given, unlike both Jamaal Williams (5.7 yards per carry) and Craig Reynolds (15). He'll remain off the fantasy radar in Week 5 against the Patriots.

Oct 3, 2022 9:38 PM EST


Signed to active roster

The Lions signed Jackson to their active roster Wednesday, Jeff Risdon of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Jackson was elevated to the active roster from the practice squad for Week 1 and didn't recorded any touches, though he did operate as the team's primary kick returner. As long as D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are healthy, the 2018 seventh-round pick figures to garner a similar role moving forward.

Sep 14, 2022 9:34 AM EST


No offensive snaps

Jackson did not log an offensive snap during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: The No. 3 running back on the depth chart, Craig Reynolds, did not log an offensive snap, so it's no surprise that Jackson didn't see any either. Even if something were to happen to D'Andre Swift or Jamaal Williams, Jackson appears to be more than one injury away from gaining fantasy relevance.

Sep 11, 2022 6:03 PM EST


Joins active roster

Jackson has been elevated to the Lions' active roster for their Week 1 game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Jackson was unable to make it through Detroit's final roster cuts and ultimately signed to their practice squad as a result. Now, after all that, he will suit up for the team's opening game and provide depth at running back.

Sep 10, 2022 2:30 PM EST


Rejoins practice squad

The Lions signed Jackson to the practice squad Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Jackson will remain with Detroit in some capacity and provide the team with some emergency depth behind D'Andre Swift's top backups, Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds. He appeared in 14 games with the Chargers last season.

Sep 1, 2022 9:31 AM EST


Released by Lions

Jackson was released by Detroit on Tuesday.

Analysis: Jackson put forth a strong effort during Sunday's preseason loss to the Steelers, rushing eight times for 44 yards while securing both of his targets for 39 yards. However, he was unable to land a depth role in Detroit's backfield. Jamaal Williams and Craig Reynolds are in line to serve as the top backups behind starter D'Andre Swift for the Lions to begin the year.

Aug 30, 2022 3:34 PM EST


Totals 83 yards

Jackson rushed eight times for 44 yards and caught two of two targets for 39 yards during Sunday's 19-9 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Jackson put together another solid effort that could have been bigger if not for numerous offensive penalties. Since Detroit gave Craig Reynolds run as well, it is possible that Jackson is in the competition for not only a roster spot but the No. 3 role at running back.

Aug 28, 2022 4:53 PM EST


To be showcased in preseason finale

Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson said that the team wants to "showcase" Jackson during Sunday's preseason finale against the Steelers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Jackson had a game-high 54 rushing yards on seven carries last week during the Lions' second preseason game. While D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are cemented atop the depth chart in Detroit and Craig Reynolds seems to have a firm grip on the No. 3 role behind them, another strong showing from Jackson could convince the team to carry four running backs on the roster heading into the regular season.

Aug 27, 2022 10:35 AM EST


Effective in small sample

Jackson rushed seven times for 54 yards in Saturday's 27-26 preseason win over the Colts.

Analysis: Jackson averaged 5.4 yards per carry last season with the Chargers and remained effective on a per-touch basis for the Lions in this one. He's locked in a competition with Craig Reynolds -- who turned eight touches into 42 scrimmage yards Saturday -- for the third-string running back spot in Detroit. That job battle likely won't be decided before Detroit's Aug. 28 preseason finale against the Steelers.

Aug 20, 2022 1:31 PM EST


Strikes deal with Detroit

Jackson signed a contract with the Lions on Monday.

Analysis: Despite averaging 5.4 yards per carry on 68 totes while adding 22 receptions for 178 yards in 14 games during his final season with the Chargers in 2022, Jackson remained on the open market until shortly after the start of training camp before finally catching on with Detroit. Though his strong past production makes him an interesting depth option, Jackson isn't guaranteed to have a path to a rotational role in Detroit while both D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams are healthy and signed to more substantial contracts.

Aug 1, 2022 1:15 PM EST


Best season to date

Jackson carried the ball three times for 20 yards in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders. The fourth-year back finished the season with 68 carries and 364 rushing yards to go along with 22 receptions and 178 receiving yards. He also compiled two rushing touchdowns.

Analysis: 2021 wound up being a career-year for the 25-year-old as Jackson set career highs in carries, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards, though to be fair almost a third of his total production came in the Week 16 loss against the Texans with Austin Ekeler (COVID-19) sidelined. Jackson has always been a coaching staff's favorite, whether that was Anthony Lynn's brain trust or now current head coach, Brandon Staley, but the Northwestern product can never seem to stay healthy long enough to capitalize on the momentum. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, it's unclear whether the Chargers will bring back Jackson on a short-term deal or if recent draft picks, Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree, could be asked to take over as the optimal No. 2 behind Ekeler.

Jan 15, 2022 10:47 AM EST


Solid outing as No. 2

Jackson ran 12 times for 41 yards and caught three passes for 20 yards during Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: In Week 16, Jackson exploded for 162 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in reserve of Austin Ekeler -- who was sidelined due to COVID-19 protocols. However, Ekeler was back with the team in Week 17, but Jackson was still able to produce another solid outing as the No. 2 running back. Ekeler out-touched (20-to-15) and out-paced (112 yards to 61 yards) Jackson, but the ladder was involved enough to warrant fantasy consideration against the Raiders' porus run defense in Week 18.

Jan 3, 2022 12:50 PM EST


Massive effort against Texans

Jackson rushed the ball 11 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-29 loss to the Texans. He added eight receptions on nine targets for 98 yards.

Analysis: Jackson took on a huge role in the absence of Austin Ekeler (illness) and led the team in both rushing and receiving yards. He was efficient on the ground by averaging 5.8 yards per carry while also finding the end zone on rushes of 17 and nine yards. Jackson further shined in his role as a pass catcher, tallying receptions of 25 and 17 yards. Despite racking up 162 total yards, Jackson will likely be relegated back to his change-of-pace role if Ekeler is back in action for a Week 17 matchup against Denver.

Dec 26, 2021 2:57 PM EST


In line to fill in for Ekeler

With Austin Ekeler having announced on Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 again Saturday and won't play Sunday against the Texans, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jackson is poised for added work in the Chargers' Week 16 backfield.

Analysis: As long as Ekeler remains in the NFL's COVID protocols, Jackson figures to head the Chargers' backfield and thus merits fantasy lineup consideration, with Joshua Kelley a candidate for added touches as well and Larry Rountree likely to be active in a depth role against Houston on Sunday.

Dec 25, 2021 11:55 AM EST


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