RB Justin Jackson - Los Angeles Chargers

5-11, 190Born: 4-22-1996College: NorthwesternDrafted: Round 7, pick 2018

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General News (Thu Nov 14): did not practice on Thursday.

Week 11: vs Kansas City Chiefs

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FBG says: Great matchup. The Chargers rushing offense looked good again in their last game despite continued challenges on their offensive line. Melvin Gordon has rushed for 80 or more yards with 20 or more carries in each of his last two outings while tacking in four rushing touchdowns in his past three games. Gordon's productivity has also inched up game by game as he peaked at 4.9 rushing yards per attempt last week--his highest mark of the season. While neither the Packers nor Raiders run defenses post significant challenges, it was still encouraging to see both the volume and results come from the Chargers' lead back. Austin Ekeler continued to play second fiddle on the ground as he saw only six carries to Gordon's 22 while playing fewer than 50 percent of the snaps for the second straight week. Ekeler has seen a goal-line carry in two straight games, but he has failed to convert on both attempts. It will take valuable touches like that for Ekeler to capitalize on what has been a significantly reduced role since the return of Gordon. The Chargers offensive line has blocked relatively well in recent weeks as they climbed up to middle tier in Matt Bitonti's rankings, but star left tackle Russell Okung suffered a groin strain last week that could keep him sidelined for this week. Their other tackle, Sam Tevi, will also likely be out this week as he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery after suffering an injury in Week 9. The Chiefs own one of the worst run defenses in football, giving up the second-most rushing yards per game (148.1), second-most rushing yards per attempt to running backs (5.0), and second-most fantasy points per game to running backs (31.4). Their struggles were put on full display last week as Derrick Henry rumbled to a season-high 188 rushing yards and two touchdowns. This unit looked decent against Dalvin Cook in Week 9, but that now appears to be an outlier performance as they have given up at least 99 rushing yards to lead running backs in 6-of-10 games this season. Injuries on the defensive line have certainly played a part in explaining this group's lack of success against the run. Defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive end Frank Clark were both banged up for a while, but Jones returned a couple of weeks ago and Clark was back last week--both appearing to be healthy. Defensive end continues to be an injury-challenged position though, as Emmanuel Ogbah suffered a season-ending injury last week and Alex Okafor continues to battle through an ankle injury that has sidelined him since Week 8. With Chiefs linebackers playing poorly against the run and their defensive line struggling for healthy bodies, this group should continue to struggle against the resurging Chargers run defense, even with their own injury woes in the trenches.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs GB 5 2 7 0 1 1.0 7 0 0 1.4
11 vs KC PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.1 * * * *
11 vs KC PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Justin Jackson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 3 vs HOU (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 4 / 0 rec)

Justin Jackson worked as the lesser half of a committee with Austin Ekeler against the Texans on Sunday. Jackson saw his first action as a ball carrier on the third drive of the game and ran with patience and vision that created elusive plays. He had a red zone carry where he scored a touchdown, but the play was called back by penalty. He was also involved in the passing game, catching all four of his targets, but he only for four yards, largely the result of a big loss on a doomed screen play. Jackson should continue to work in the lesser half of a committee while Melvin Gordon holds out and faces a good matchup against the Dolphins next week.

2019 Week 2 vs DET (7 / 59 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Justin Jackson played the lesser half of a committee against the Detroit Lions. He could have had a significantly better day but had a big gain called back by penalty, a consistent trend by the Chargers throughout the day. Jackson was out-touched 23 to 8 by Austin Ekeler and is the clear second option in the backfield without Melvin Gordon. Jackson is a serviceable player, but Ekeler is clearly the more explosive and dynamic player. Jackson will face the Texans in week three.

2019 Week 1 vs IND (6 / 57 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Jackson was out-touched 18-7 by starter Austin Ekeler, and the usage patterns suggest that that could be a pretty reasonable expectation of how the split will be handled between the two players. Jackson looked very good in the run game, setting a career high with a 23-yard gain on his first touch of the season. He later beat that career-best run with a 24-yarder late in the second half. In between those two runs, he showed very good shake with the ball in his hands and ran very smooth and fluid. On the first long run, the offensive line opened a gaping hole that he shot through. On the second long one, the hole wasn't as obvious. But he found it and he hit it hard. Jackson had a long gain on a designed screen pass on third and 8 that was called back for an illegal formation penalty on the Chargers. It turned a first and goal inside the 10-yard line into a third and long situation at the 28-yard line. Philip Rivers made sure it didn't matter by throwing a touchdown to Keenan Allen on the ensuing play, but Jackson's afternoon could have had a bit more yardage (and he may have remained in the game on the red zone possession for a scoring chance if the penalty hadn't been called).


Latest News

Chargers | Thursday practice report for LAC (Thu Nov 14, 05:18 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers DT Cortez Broughton (illness), WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), OT Russell Okung (groin), OT Sam Tevi (knee), RB Justin Jackson (calf) and LS Cole Mazza (illness) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 14. S Roderic Teamer (groin) was limited during practice. LB Denzel Perryman (knee), DT Justin Jones (shoulder) and OG Dan Feeney (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

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Chargers | Week 10 Los Angeles Chargers inactives (Thu Nov 7, 07:02 PM) - The Los Angeles Chargers have declared DT Justin Jones, RB Justin Jackson, QB Easton Stick, S Roderic Teamer, WR Geremy Davis, OT Sam Tevi and DL Cortez Broughton inactive for Week 10.

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Chargers | Wednesday injuries for Bolts (Wed Nov 6, 03:54 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers DT Cortez Broughton (illness) didn't practice Wednesday, Nov. 6, and has been ruled out for the game Thursday, Nov. 7, against the Oakland Raiders. DT Justin Jones (shoulder) was limited in practice but has also been ruled out. WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), RB Justin Jackson (calf) and S Roderic Teamer (groin) didn't practice and are considered doubtful. LB Denzel Perryman (knee) and OT Sam Tevi (knee) didn't practice and are questionable. NT Brandon Mebane (knee) was limited and is questionable.

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Chargers | Tuesday practice report for Chargers (Tue Nov 5, 07:01 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers DT Cortez Broughton (illness), WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), RB Justin Jackson (calf), LB Denzel Perryman (knee), S Roderic Teamer (groin) and OT Sam Tevi (knee) didn't participate in practice Tuesday, Nov. 5. DT Justin Jones (shoulder) and DT Brandon Mebane (knee) were both limited.

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Chargers | Monday practice report for Chargers (Mon Nov 4, 04:07 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers DT Cortez Broughton (illness), WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), RB Justin Jackson (calf), LB Denzel Perryman (knee), S Roderic Teamer (groin) and OT Sam Tevi (knee) did not participate in practice Monday, Nov. 4. DT Justin Jones (shoulder) and DT Brandon Mebane (knee) were limited during practice. The Chargers did not hold a practice Monday, so the injury report is an estimation.

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