|ADP:||Round: 13, Pick: 2|
|Team:||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 199 lb.|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 7 (251)|
Jackson could face competition from fourth-round selection Joshua Kelley, Chris Hayre of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: This feels like all but a foregone conclusion considering head coach Anthony Lynn suggested the 2020 fourth-round pick could act as a bigger-bodied back capable of taking the load in goal-line and short-yardage situations, much like that of now current Broncos running back, Melvin Gordon. Still it remains to be seen how the Chargers will truly operate their backfield, as Jackson has emerged as a capable change-of-pace back while Austin Ekeler has exploded onto the scene as a multi-dimensional weapon, capable of doing everything at a high level. The distinction of "starter" has long been a foreign concept when it comes to Chargers running backs, but Jackson's role feels less defined than that of Ekeler's or Kelley's, even though the latter might ultimately see less time on the field than Jackson.
Jackson (hamstring) carried the ball once in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. He finished his season with 200 rushing yards on 29 attempts, and also included nine receptions for 22 yards while playing just 93 offensive snaps.
Analysis: What the Chargers ultimately do with star running back Melvin Gordon in the offseason could have a trickle down effect for Jackson. The Northwestern alum was electric with a handful of opportunities in 2019, particularly in the opening three weeks with Gordon sidelined due to a holdout. Just 93 offensive snaps is a small sample size, however Jackson was incredibly productive throughout his four-year collegiate career, posting over 1,100 rushing each season, and would be a cost-effective backup to Austin Ekeler in the event Gordon were to ultimately sign elsewhere. With contracts likely needed for defensive end Joey Bosa and tight end Hunter Henry in the offseason along with a possible change at quarterback, a frugal approach at running back could benefit the Chargers, and in turn, Jackson.
Jackson (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Jackson was limited in practice all of last week with a hamstring injury and he was ultimately unable to play in last weekend's loss to Oakland. However, a full return to the field Wednesday puts him on track to suit up for Sunday's matchup with Kansas City.
Jackson (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Analysis: Jackson previously missed eight games due to a calf injury, and now he'll miss another after sustaining a hamstring strain. The second-year running back takes a backseat to Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler anyway, but Jackson has been productive this year with 28 tushes for 189 yards -- 6.8 yards per carry. Troymaine Pope could see an increase in usage while Jackson is out.
Jackson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Oakland.
Analysis: Jackson got three limited practices in this week as he looks to suit up in a third-straight game since missing eight of his previous nine with a calf injury. The 23-year-old has seen a handful of carries in each of the two games since his return and would be in line for a similar role Sunday if he plays.
Jackson (hamstring) was limited during Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Jackson garnered seven touches -- his highest total since Week 3 -- in Week 15's 39-10 loss to the Vikings. The second-year pro's increased usage was likely a result of the blowout nature of the game, but Jackson is also trying out for an increased role next year when Melvin Gordon is likely with another organization. This hamstring injury could throw a wrench in Jackson's plans of turning heads over the final two weeks, but he still has two more practices to elevate to full participation.
Jackson carried the ball five times for 15 yards and also caught both of his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 39-10 demolishing at the hands of the Vikings.
Analysis: The second-year back made his second appearance in the month of December --- and only his third since Week 4 --- thanks to a dismal outing from Melvin Gordon, who finished the afternoon with just 28 rushing yards and two fumbles lost. It'll be interesting to see how the Chargers handle their talented third-string running back in the weeks to come. With postseason aspirations long since evaporated and the likely possibility Gordon will not return next season, the Chargers could look to give Jackson more carries alongside Austin Ekeler in an effort to better determine their running back depth chart for the following season.
Jackson carried the ball three times for 25 yards in the 45-10 win Sunday over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Sunday's contest marked only the second time since Week 3 that Jackson took the field, with a multi-score lead making the need for Melvin Gordon or Austin Ekeler arbitrary. The second-year tailback was more than serviceable as the backup to Ekeler during Gordon's multi-game holdout to begin the year, but at this point, the Northwestern alum is no more than a quality depth piece for the Chargers.
Jackson (calf) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Jackson looks to have put Kansas City's bye to good use and recovered from his lingering calf injury. Barring any setbacks, expect Jackson to play his usual depth role behind Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler during Sunday's tilt against the Broncos.
Jackson (calf) is officially inactive for Monday's game against Kansas City, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It will be the seventh game missed in the past eight for Jackson, who just can't seem to shake the calf issue. In his stead, duties at running back shift to Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Troymaine Pope.
Jackson (calf) is considered doubtful for Monday's game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: It's likely to be Jackson's seventh absence in the last eight games as he can't seem to shake the calf injury. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler figure to handle backfield duties for the Chargers, per usual.
Jackson (calf) was a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Jackson has missed six of the Chargers' last seven games due to a lingering calf issue, and he wasn't able to practice in any capacity last week. Barring a quick turnaround in the week's final two practice sessions, the 23-year-old will likely remain sidelined versus the Chiefs on Monday.
Jackson (calf) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Analysis: Justin will miss a fourth consecutive game due to his calf injury. With Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler both on hand for the Chargers, Jackson will be relegated to a reserve roll when he does return to full health.
Jackson (calf) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: Jackson's trending toward his fourth straight inactive, which would make Troymaine Pope the No. 3 Charger's running back. Regardless, Jackson's opportunities on offense are going to be scarce with both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler in the fold. He'll try to make it on the field in some capacity Thursday or Friday.
Jackson (calf) is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Steelers.
Analysis: Now that Melvin Gordon is back in the mix along with Austin Ekeler, Jackson's fantasy upside is limited. In his absence, Troymaine Pope will serve as the Chargers' No. 3 running back Sunday.
Jackson (calf) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Steelers, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Jackson is trending towards sitting out Sunday's game, though he appears to have a slim chance of suiting up. The second-year pro sat out the Chargers' previous two contests due to a strained calf. Troymaine Pope will step up as Los Angeles' No. 3 running back if Jackson can't go.
Jackson (calf) is not practicing Wednesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Jackson continues to nurse a strained calf, the severity of which caused him to miss the last two games. It appears as though the second-year pro is trending towards sitting out Sunday's tilt against the Steelers, in which case Troymaine Pope will serve as the backup to Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.
Jackson (calf) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.
Analysis: With that, Troymaine Pope is in line to serve as the Chargers' No. 3 back Sunday, with Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler slated to handle the majority of the workload in the team's Week 5 backfield.
Jackson (calf) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Broncos.
Analysis: If the doubtful designation wasn't enough of a red flag, Jackson hasn't been able to practice all week. Not surprisingly, it seems as if the second-year back will miss his second consecutive game. Troymaine Pope, who saw significant time last week against the Dolphins, figures to be the No. 3 back Sunday, but both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are expected to handle the majority of the load in the backfield, particularly with the former expected to make his official debut following a three-game holdout to begin the new campaign.
Jackson (calf) wasn't on the field in the early portion of Friday's practice, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Jackson looks on track to go down as a non-participant in practice for the third straight day, making it highly unlikely that he suits up against the Broncos this weekend. The Chargers will unveil Jackson's official status for the contest shortly after practice concludes.
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