RB Justin Jackson - Los Angeles Chargers
|5-11, 190||Born: 4-22-1996||College: Northwestern||Drafted: ---|
Week 21: bye week
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
2018 Week 19 vs NE (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Justin Jackson saw late work in relief of Melvin Gordon when the result of the game was no longer in doubt. Jackson had one carry and had three receptions, one of which he turned into a 20-yard gain. He worked behind Austin Ekeler in the running back rotation.
2018 Week 18 vs BAL (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Justin Jackson saw limited playing time against the Ravens despite Melvin Gordon missing time with an injury. When Gordon was out, Austin Ekeler worked as the primary back, with Jackson carrying the ball twice in the fourth quarter for limited gains. Gordon's status is important to monitor heading into New England next week.
2018 Week 17 vs DEN (6 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After seeing extensive work due to injuries to both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, Jackson went back into the shadows in this one. He had just six touches in the game, all of them on the ground. One of them went for a 5-yard gain, and the other five went for a total of five yards. Perhaps his most noteworthy contribution in the game came for a negative reason, as his tripping penalty in the second half negated what may have been a touchdown for Keenan Allen.
2018 Week 16 vs BAL (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 47 / 0 rec)
Despite Melvin Gordon's questionable status all week, he saw all but one of the running back carries in this game. Jackson lost a yard on his lone handoff. But despite the lack of activity in the running game, he saw a game high seven receptions out of the backfield. He mostly came in on third down packages, although Gordon remained out of the game for a long period of time at one point and Jackson saw extensive action. He displayed some nice open field moves on a couple of receptions, shaking defenders loose with terrific elusiveness. Jackson benefitted from the extra pressure Baltimore was able to put on Philip Rivers, because he had to constantly check it down quickly when defenders were bearing down on him. And despite catching the ball in front of the defense all game long and never catching anything longer than ten yards, he still managed nearly seven yards per grab which shows how good he was at beating defenders in tight spaces.
2018 Week 15 vs KC (16 / 58 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Starter Melvin Gordon was still out with his knee injury, and primary backup Austin Ekeler was injured at the end of last week's game. With those two on the shelf, it was on Jackson to carry the primary rushing load. He showed some nice inside moves and had some solid gains in the first half, did a good job of reading his blocks, and didn't look overmatched at all in his most extensive NFL action. Just before halftime, he was targeted on a screen pass to the right side and appeared to have a caravan of blockers that may have led a potential path to the end zone. But he stumbled as he turned up the field, so the play resulted in just a 7-yard gain. He made up for that missed opportunity with a 3-yard score late in the second half to get the Chargers within a score. He found a crease in the defense, made a quick shake at the line, and burst into the end zone with a lunge at the end to cap the scoring drive. He had several similar runs in the second half, fighting through tacklers and converted a short third down run with a flip over the top of the defense. He got a heavy workload for much of the second half, and demonstrated an ability to carry the running game with 19 total touches from scrimmage. Jackson also displayed some very nice hands on a shoestring grab from Rivers late in the game (he was in the game on the eventual game-winning touchdown drive).
2018 Week 14 vs CIN (7 / 12 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
After looking so impressive late in last week's game against Pittsburgh, many observers expected that it would be Jackson and not Ekeler who may earn the lion's share of the carries in this game. But Ekeler started hot and never really let up, while Jackson found very little room to run and became an afterthought by halftime. He had a nice reception that he took up the sideline on a swing pass, and ran away from a weak tackle attempt for a decent gain. And later in the second half, he converted a third and 1 handoff to keep a drive alive. But he simply wasn't getting the opportunities Ekeler did (Ekeler out-touched him by a 17-9 margin). On a negative note for the Chargers but a possible positive note for Jackson owners, Ekeler appeared to injure himself on the onside kick attempt at the end of the fourth quarter, and is questionable to play against the Chiefs on a short week this week. If Ekeler cannot go against Kansas City on Thursday, it would stand to reason that Jackson would likely get the lion's share of the rushing workload since Melvin Gordon is not expected to return yet.
2018 Week 13 vs PIT (8 / 63 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
With Melvin Gordon out with a knee injury, most observers felt that Austin Ekeler would be the go-to guy and that Jackson would provide backup depth or perhaps work as a change of pace. While it's true that Ekeler out-touched Jackson by an 18-9 margin, Jackson greatly outpaced Ekeler in terms of production. Running behind the same line and against the same defense that Ekeler struggled to gain 1.6 yards per carry against, Jackson averaged a whopping 7.9 yards per carry. He looked shifty between the tackles, hitting holes with smoothness. Some of that can perhaps be attributed to the Steelers focusing on taking Ekeler away and not giving Jackson as much attention, but he still pushed ahead for yardage and found holes that Ekeler could not. On one swing pass, he looked like he was going to run out of bounds but instead toed the line and turned up field for close to 15 yards. He capped his afternoon with a phenomenal inside run, side-stepping a defender and taking it up the gut for an 18-yard score. It was very telling that with the Chargers driving for the go-ahead score, it was Jackson in the backfield and not Ekeler. And he was given the all-important carries to get the Chargers into field goal range for the game-winning kick. There are some whispers about Gordon possibly returning as soon as next week, but until he does it would appear that there is still value in both Charger running backs.
2018 Week 12 vs ARI (7 / 57 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jackson saw an uptick in snaps and touches in the blowout win against the Cardinals. Melvin Gordon sustained a knee injury in the third quarter, opening up an opportunity for Jackson in mop-up duty. Jackson showed nice burst on two perimeter runs of note, breaking an arm tackle on one of them. Jackson had average-at-best long speed, but runs hard for his diminutive size. Jackson would mix in with Austin Ekeler if Melvin Gordon were to miss time.
2018 Week 7 vs TEN (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jackson came on in relief of Austin Ekeler in the third quarter, but saw just three total touches. It was evident that the Chargers were leaning on Ekeler to carry the load by himself this week, rather than using a 1-2 punch like they typically do with Ekeler and Melvin Gordon (who missed the game with a hamstring injury).
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (3 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
With the Chargers dominating late, Jackson came on in relief of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. There wasn't much room to run as Cleveland knew the rushing attempts were coming, though he did grab an 8-yard screen pass to get the team into field goal range late.
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