Jackson rushed 15 times for 71 yards and caught five of his six targets for 23 yards in Monday night's 30-27 overtime loss to the Saints.
Jackson broke free for 36 yards on a run during the first quarter, which set him up to lead the Chargers' backfield attack. Although the Saints made it tough to run afterward, Jackson at least commanded volume and pitched in with a handful of catches as well. In comparison, fellow tailback Joshua Kelley only managed 29 yards on 11 carries and caught just one pass for nine yards. Given that discrepancy, it wouldn't be surprising if the veteran Jackson earns another sizeable workload in Week 6 versus the Jets, but considering how poor New York has been this season, the rookie Kelley could do some damage as well. Overall, it'll be interesting to see how both players fare as they bid to replace Austin Ekeler's (hamstring) production, but the matchup could make all parties happy come Sunday.
Jackson rushed eight times for 13 yards and brought in two targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers.
It was a rough return for Jackson, who missed the previous two games due to a quad injury. It's unclear whether he struggled because of the difficult matchup or simply as a byproduct of working back into game shape, but the third-year pro will have to become a factor with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) shelved for the next four-to-six weeks according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Joshua Kelley, who totaled 33 yards on 12 touches, figures to be the first man up, but considering the Chargers heavily feature a running-back tandem, it's clear Jackson will play a critical role. Fantasy managers should monitor the status of injured offensive linemen Bryan Bulaga (back) and Trai Turner (groin), but with a number of enticing fantasy matchups ahead and some guaranteed playing time, Jackson could be an intriguing fantasy option.
Jackson (quadriceps) practiced fully Wednesday.
Jackson is thus on track to return to action Sunday against the Buccaneers, but his workload may be difficult to project. Rookie fourth-round pick Joshua Kelley has emerged as a vital piece in the Chargers' game plan through the first three weeks, and his skills as a between-the-tackles thumper may make him a better complement than Jackson for starter Austin Ekeler.
Jackson (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Panthers.
Jackson has yet to practice since injuring his quadriceps Week 1, missing two outings in the process. With Austin Ekeler leading the Chargers' ground game, Joshua Kelley will be the alternative option for RB snaps with Jackson out of the lineup.
Jackson (quadriceps) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Jackson appears on track to miss a second consecutive game due to his lingering quadriceps injury, a development which would put Joshua Kelley on track to once again dominate No. 2 touches behind Austin Ekeler. If Kelley manages to log another strong showing against the Panthers on Sunday, and Jackson indeed is sidelined, the latter may only end up left with a marginal role by the time he does retake the field.
Jackson (quadriceps) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.
Jackson's in danger of missing a second straight game in Week 3, as he hasn't practiced since suffering this injury in the season opener. The Northwestern product has been usurped by rookie Joshua Kelley as the No. 2 RB behind Austin Ekeler, and at this point, Ekeler and Kelley are a 1A-1B tandem in the Chargers' backfield. A quick return by Jackson likely won't change that, but he'll aim to get on the field in some capacity by the end of the week.
Jackson (quadriceps) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt against the Chiefs.
Jackson entered the day with a doubtful designation, so this news is of little surprise. The Chargers backfield will once again be helmed by Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley, the latter standing out Week 1 with 60 rushing yards and a touchdown in his pro debut.
Jackson (quadriceps), who is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, isn't expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
With Jackson still battling the quad injury he picked up in the Chargers' Week 1 win over the Bengals, he'll likely be included among Los Angeles' inactive players Week 2. Joshua Kelley is expected to step in as the clear top backup behind starting running back Austin Ekeler, while practice-squad callup Darius Bradwell will offer additional depth at the position.
Jackson (quadriceps) isn't practicing Friday, per Daniel Popper of The Athletic. He is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Kansas City, Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register reports.
That's three consecutive missed practices for Jackson this week, so it's not surprising that he's more likely than not to sit out against the Chiefs come Sunday. If Jackson can't go, rookie Joshua Kelley will have an opportunity to further cement himself as the team's No. 2 running back behind Austin Ekeler following an impressive debut.
Jackson (quadriceps) didn't suit up in Thursday's practice.
Thursday marked the second consecutive practice missed for Jackson, signalling some real concern for his Week 2 availability. Look for the Chargers to promote Darius Bradwell from their practice squad, in any case, and if Jackson is limited or fails to suit up Sunday versus the Chiefs entirely, Joshua Kelley would be in line for depth snaps behind starter Austin Ekeler.
Jackson (quad) won't practice Wednesday, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Though the Chargers plan to promote Darius Bradwell from their practice squad, at this stage coach Anthony Lynn isn't ruling Jackson out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. If he's out or limited this weekend, added looks behind starter Austin Ekeler would be available for Joshua Kelley.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Monday that Jackson (quadriceps) is day-to-day, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
"We'll try to work [Jackson] in practice some time this week if he can," Lynn said. Jackson, who missed nine games due to a foot injury in 2019, only logged two carries for four yards before exiting Sunday's game against the Bengals. Rookie fourth-round pick Joshua Kelley had 12 carries for 60 yards and a score Week 1, and he looked like a productive complement to Austin Ekeler, so it's possible that Jackson could be relegated to the No. 3 role when he does return.
Jackson is ruled out to retake the field Sunday against Cincinnati due to a quad injury.
Jackson will work to shake his quad injury in time to return against Kansas City in Week 2. He carried the ball twice for four yards before leaving the field Sunday. Rookie fourth-round pick Joshua Kelley stands to see increased touches as long as Jackson remains sidelined.
Jackson (toe) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report and will play in Sunday's matchup versus the Bengals.
Jackson dealt with a toe injury toward the end of training camp, but the 24-year-old running back has shaken off the issue and will be ready to begin his third NFL season. It's still uncertain whether Jackson or rookie Joshua Kelley is the No. 2 behind Austin Ekeler, but Jackson does have an edge with experience, as he produced 200 yards on 29 carries (6.9 YPC) last year.
Head coach Anthony Lynn said Jackson (toe) has been running and will be "fine" for Sunday's game versus the Bengals, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
It sounds like Jackson will be at practice Wednesday in at least a limited capacity and should be working at full speed by the end of the week. He's missed more than a week of practice, which is detrimental because he's competing with Joshua Kelley for snaps behind Austin Ekeler, but his status should be secure if he stays on the field this week. Lynn has yet to name the Chargers' No. 2 RB, but Jackson has a leg up based on experience.
Jackson was held out from Sunday's practice with a foot injury, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
This is the first report we've seen this summer of Jackson missing practice time, as he otherwise appears to be the favorite to serve as Austin Ekeler's complement in the backfield. A prolonged absence could open the door for fourth-round rookie Joshua Kelley, but there hasn't been any indication Jackson's injury is serious.
Jackson has the inside track for the No. 2 job in the Los Angeles backfield, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
His biggest fan may be lead back Austin Ekeler, who praised his teammate as "so unique," and even said he's making an effort to emulate aspects of Jackson's running style. Jackson has averaged 5.1 yards on 79 carries and has caught 24 of 30 targets to this point in his career, but injuries have limited him to 20 appearances in two seasons, perhaps playing a role in the Chargers' selection of Joshua Kelley in the fourth round of April's draft. A recent report from Daniel Popper of The Athletic suggests Jackson has been running ahead of Kelley in practice, mixing in behind Ekeler with the first-team offense. There's still time for Kelley to make a move, but he's looking like the underdog for the backup role at this stage.
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.
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