RB Justin Jackson - Los Angeles Chargers
|5-11, 190||Born: 4-22-1996||College: Northwestern||Drafted: Round 7, pick 2018|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Justin Jackson's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs KC (1 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson had just one offensive touch in the game, picking up 11 yards on a dumpoff as the last option from Rivers. He made a nice jump cut over the middle of the field to shake the defender, picking up the first down in the process. With Melvin Gordon's future status very much up in the air, Jackson could see a significant increase in his role in 2020 after an injury-marred 2019 campaign.
2019 Week 15 vs MIN (5 / 15 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 2 / 0 rec)
An early-season sleeper, Jackson has gotten very little playing time due to injury as well as the return of Melvin Gordon. He did get an early-game reception in this one while working into the running back rotation, but the majority of his workload came after Gordon lost his second fumble of the game on the first play of the second half. Jackson looked good on a couple of runs, showing nice wiggle and darting to the outside after shaking a defender loose. Of course, he was also stuffed on a third and 1 carry that ended up losing a yard. Aside from that, the Charger offense mostly revolved around the passing game since they trailed by so much throughout the second half.
2019 Week 14 vs JAX (3 / 25 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The early-season fantasy sleeper entered the game with just 20 total carries in what has been an injury-riddled season so far. With Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon dominating the early workload, Jackson's role was reduced to mop-up duty. But he had three nice runs, including a 14-yarder up the left side on his first attempt of the game.
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).
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