Following Kelley's selection, coach Anthony Lynn touted the rookie as a bigger-bodied back capable of carrying the load in goal-line and short-yardage situations, much like ex-Charger Melvin Gordon. With Austin Ekeler entrenched as the top pass catcher out of the backfield and also likely to see more work in early down scenarios sans Gordon, Jackson could become more of an afterthought on offense if Kelley lives up to expectations. 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 to begin the season.
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