Justin Jackson

Detroit Lions
Running Back #32
Detroit Lions
Running Back #32

Justin Jackson News

Snaps scaled back in return

Jackson played six of the Lions' 60 snaps on offense and carried once for two yards while adding an 11-yard reception in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Back in action after missing the Lions' Week 17 win over the Bears with a hip injury, Jackson saw his lowest snap share on offense since Week 8, when he played exclusively on special teams in a 31-27 loss to the Dolphins. Jackson will be ticketed for unrestricted free agency this offseason and should be able to find work with the Lions or another team, though likely as nothing more than a No. 2 or 3 option out of the backfield and kickoff return specialist. The 26-year-old produced capably enough in his limited opportunities in 2022, carrying 42 times for 170 yards (4.0 YPC) and a touchdown while adding 12 receptions for 101 yards and another score over his 16 appearances.

Jan 12, 2023 10:12 AM EST

Full participant Wednesday

Jackson (hip) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Jackson landed on the injury report last Friday due to a hip injury and was ultimately sidelined for Week 17. However, it appears his absence was merely precautionary, as the backup running back is full go to start Week 18 prep and on track to suit up Sunday night against the Packers. If available, Jackson figures to see his usual rotational role behind Jamaal Williams and D'Andre Swift.

Jan 4, 2023 1:44 PM EST

Won't face Bears

Jackson (hip) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Jackson was added to the injury report on Friday, suggesting he suffered the injury at some point during the week of practice. He saw his role slip in a Week 16 loss to the Panthers, but nevertheless, Jackson's absence will condense touches in Detroit's backfield to both Jamaal Williams and D'Andre Swift. Craig Reynolds will step into the third running back role in Jackson's absence.

Jan 1, 2023 8:37 AM EST

Added to injury report

Jackson was added to the injury report Friday and listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with Chicago, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Adding him as a limited participant at the end of the week suggests Jackson was injured at some point Thursday or Friday. If he can't suit up ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday, the Lions will turn to Craig Reynolds as their No. 3 back behind Jamaal Williams and D'Andre Swift.

Dec 30, 2022 12:46 PM EST

Set to remain in backup role

Jackson's teammate Jamaal Williams is not listed on the injury report in advance of Sunday's game against Chicago.

Analysis: Jackson would have been the top candidate for early-down work in the Lions backfield had Williams needed to miss time with a leg injury that kept him out of the final quarter of last week's loss to Carolina. However, Jackson seems set to remain as the third fiddle to Williams and D'Andre Swift.

Dec 30, 2022 12:08 PM EST

Logs negative yardage

Jackson rushed once for minus-one yard while failing to secure his only target during Saturday's loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Jackson barely got the ball on a day the Lions' run game failed to show up. However, with Jamaal Williams (leg) exiting in the third quarter, Jackson could be set up to handle a heavy workload in Week 17 against Chicago. While D'Andre Swift would presumably head the backfield in that situation, Jackson seems like the top candidate to handle Williams' between-the-tackles role depending on the status of Craig Reynolds, who was a healthy scratch Sunday after starting the season ahead of Jackson on the depth chart.

Dec 25, 2022 8:07 AM EST

Receives handful of touches

Jackson rushed six times for 16 yards while catching one of two targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Jackson continued to serve as the clear No. 3 option behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams. However, he could be in danger of losing touches in the coming weeks with a healthy Craig Reynolds back on the active roster.

Dec 18, 2022 2:00 PM EST

Active for Week 15

Jackson (illness) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Jets.

Analysis: Jackson was a late addition to the injury report and listed as questionable due to an illness, but the backup running back has since cleared the aliment and will be good to go for Week 15. He figures to garner his usual role behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, as Craig Reynolds (ribs), who was activated off IR Saturday, is inactive for Sunday's matchup.

Dec 18, 2022 8:43 AM EST

Added to injury report

Jackson (illness) is now listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: Jackson's addition to the Lions' injury report Saturday clouds his status ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. While working behind D'Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams in the team's Week 14 win over the Vikings, Jackson logged 20 snaps en route to rushing four times for 19 yards and a TD while catching his only target for 12 yards.

Dec 17, 2022 11:39 AM EST

First rushing touchdown as Lion

Jackson rushed four times for 19 yards and one touchdown while catching his only target for 12 yards during Sunday's win over the Vikings.

Analysis: Just when it looked like D'Andre Swift was returning to a featured role after seeing over half of the offensive snaps at Jackson's expense last week against Jacksonville, Swift returned to seeing about a third of the snaps Sunday while Jackson saw his highest total (20) in three weeks. Jackson made one of the plays of the game along the way, beating the Vikings defense around the edge for a 17-yard diving touchdown. It is probably safe to expect Jackson to continue to steal a handful of touches from Swift and Jamaal Williams per game down the stretch.

Dec 12, 2022 4:14 PM EST

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

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