Jackson could face competition from fourth-round selection Joshua Kelley, Chris Hayre of the Chargers' official site reports. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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 touches 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. 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.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/20||Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|4||10/04||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|5||10/13||@New Orleans Saints||5||13.24|
|6||10/18||New York Jets||9||14.50|
|9||11/08||Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|13||12/06||New England Patriots||2||11.94|
|15||12/18||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|17||01/03||@Kansas City Chiefs||23||20.37|
|3 Year Avg||40||203||1||12||78||0||33|