Jackson carried the ball five times for 22 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 17-13 preseason loss to the Cardinals.
Austin Ekeler saw the majority of the first-team work, but Jackson bulldozed his way for a touchdown to begin the second quarter, so it's fair to suggest both running backs were featured prominently in the opening exhibition game of the season. The Chargers are expected to employ a two-headed combo of Ekeler and Jackson in the event Melvin Gordon's holdout continues into the regular season, with both running backs likely to receive their fair share of carries and targets. The latter point is important considering it was presumed Ekeler would act as the nominal third-down back, but head coach Anthony Lynn has repeatedly praised Jackson's abilities as a receiver out of the backfield throughout training camp. Including the postseason, Jackson piled together 19 receptions and 138 receiving yards in the final seven games of his rookie season, despite playing 22 or fewer offensive snaps in all but one of those contests.
Jackson stands to benefit the most after starting running back Melvin Gordon revealed Wednesday that he'll hold out during training camp until he receives a new long-term deal, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Though Austin Ekeler has typically been selected ahead of Jackson in most early fantasy drafts, there's reason to believe the Chargers may deploy a committee in the backfield in the event Gordon's contract dispute drags into the regular season. In such a scenario, Jackson might lead the charge as a first- and second-down back, a familiar role for the 2018 seventh-round draft pick, who rushed for at least 1,100 in all four of his college seasons at Northwestern. Jackson proved capable when called upon for the Chargers as a rookie, accumulating 85 total yards and a touchdown in his lone start and piling on 50 or more rushing yards in two other games. Even if Gordon's absence only lasts through training camp and the preseason, Jackson would still likely handle a greater share of the snaps in the exhibition slate than Ekeler, who has an extra year of NFL experience and thus probably won't require as many reps in advance of Week 1.
Jackson saw extra reps while Melvin Gordon sat out OTAs, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Jackson spent his rookie season as the Chargers' No. 3 running back, making a start Week 15 when Gordon and Austin Ekeler both were sidelined by injuries. The Northwestern product made a good impression during the offseason program, and he appears primed for a repeat role after the team did little this offseason to add competition in the backfield. Gordon rejoined the Chargers for June minicamp, hoping to secure a contract extension without holding out.
Jackson played 13 of the Chargers' 71 offensive snaps and finished with one carry for four yards and three receptions for 22 yards in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round loss to the Patriots.
Jackson trailed Melvin Gordon (35) and Austin Ekeler (25) in terms of offensive snaps but tied Gordon for the lead among the trio in total yardage. That wasn't a particularly noteworthy accomplishment on a day in which the Patriots' 35-7 halftime advantage forced the Chargers to abandon the run early, resulting in fewer touches than normal for Gordon. With both Gordon and Ekeler under contract through next season, Jackson will be locked in as the clear No. 3 option on the depth chart.
Jackson played 21 of the Chargers' 63 offensive snaps (33 percent) and finished with seven receptions for 47 yards on 10 targets and one carry for minus-1 yard Saturday in a 22-10 to the Ravens.
After handling 19 touches (16 carries, three receptions) while starting in the Week 15 win over the Chiefs while both Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) were sidelined, Jackson dropped to the No. 2 role Saturday with Gordon returning to action. Though Gordon garnered the overwhelming share of carries, Jackson actually exceeded his output in the passing game, a somewhat surprising development given Gordon's prowess in that area this season. It's possible the Chargers wanted to ease up on Gordon's responsibilities coming off a three-game absence, so Jackson could settle into a more muted role Week 17 in Denver, especially if Ekeler is also available. With the AFC West title and home-field advantage still up for grabs, the Chargers aren't expected to rest any of their key contributors.
Jackson is likely to serve as the Chargers' No. 2 back Saturday against the Ravens with Melvin Gordon (knee) returning from a three-game absence and Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) listed as doubtful, ESPN.com reports.
When the Los Angeles backfield is at full strength, Jackson has served as the third-string option behind Gordon and Ekeler, but the rookie seventh-round pick moved up two spots in the pecking order during the Week 15 win over the Chiefs when the top two on the depth chart were sidelined. Jackson supplied 16 carries for 58 yards and three receptions for 27 yards in the starting role, but he should see his usage dwindle significantly with Gordon not expected to face any limitations in his return to action. Gordon has averaged 15.3 carries and six targets per game through 10 appearances.
Jackson carried the ball 16 times for 58 yards and a touchdown, and also caught three of his four targets for 27 yards in Thursday's 29-28 come-from-behind win over the Chiefs.
Fantasy players can't be too disappointed with 85 total yards and a touchdown, but the rookie running back could, and quite possibly should have scored on two other occasions, most notably on an underthrown wheel route during the Chargers' final possession. While 3.6 yards per carry doesn't seem fantastic, Jackson displayed a promising amount of explosiveness, often times falling forward for a handful of additional yards. With an extra couple of days of rest, Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) figure to be close to returning to the field in Week 16, thus ending Jackson's brief run atop the depth chart.
With Melvin Gordon (knee) inactive, Jackson is in line to lead the Chargers' backfield in Thursday night's game against the Chiefs.
In addition to Gordon being out, Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) is sidelined, so Jackson is in a decent spot to put forth a fantasy-worthy effort in Week 15. Detrez Newsome and Troymaine Pope are on hand to work in reserve roles Thursday.
Jackson is trending toward starting and serving as the Chargers' lead back Thursday against the Chiefs after coach Anthony Lynn told Steve Wyche of NFL Network he's "not optimistic" Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) will be available for the contest.
Both Gordon and Ekeler were listed as non-participants on Monday's estimated practice report and are facing uphill battles to get healthy on the short week. Jackson had seen his role expand over the previous three games while Gordon was either limited or withheld from action, with the Northwestern product earning at least seven snaps in every contest. He was efficient in his opportunities in Weeks 12 and 13, but managed only 12 yards on his seven totes in the Week 14 win over the Bengals. Despite that disappointing showing, Jackson's workload shouldn't be threatened Thursday, as undrafted rookie Detrez Newsome is the only other healthy back on the roster and has been limited to just 11 offensive snaps this season. In addition to the likelihood that he'll draw an overwhelming share of the backfield touches, Jackson will benefit from a soft matchup against a Kansas City defense that has ceded 5.1 yards per carry this season, the second-worst mark in the league. That should provide enough reason to scoop Jackson off the waiver wire in just about any format where he's available, though he'll lose nearly all his fantasy appeal once either Gordon and/or Ekeler is cleared to play again.
Jackson had seven carries for 12 yards and caught both of his targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over the Bengals.
Unable to build on his breakout from the previous week, Jackson took a clear backseat to Austin Ekeler, who piled up 94 yards and a score on 17 touches (two receptions). There is some chance the rookie ends up with a larger role Thursday against the Chiefs, given that Ekeler has reportedly been bothered by stingers and Melvin Gordon (knee) is far from a lock to return. The Chargers' injury reports will need to be monitored closely this week.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that Jackson should get more work before halftime this week, though Austin Ekeler is still in line for the start Sunday against Cincinnati.
Lynn had another interesting quote at his Tuesday press conference, noting that Jackson and Detrez Newsome could get more playing time because Ekeler is wearing down from his combination of snaps on offense and special teams, per Dave Richard of CBS Sports. Of course, Lynn sung a much different tune last week when he deemed Ekeler capable of handling an every-down role. The second-year back was then limited to 21 yards on 13 carries in Sunday's 33-30 comeback win over Pittsburgh, with Jackson providing a spark after halftime on his way to an 8-63-1 rushing line. The rookie made a strong case to get a larger share of the workload Week 14, but he still should come off the bench and may end up with a disappointing number of touches if Ekeler gets off to a strong start. Granted, there's room for more than one running back to be productive against the freefalling Bengals.
Jackson rushed eight times for 63 yards and a touchdown, adding 19 more yards on his lone reception in Sunday's 33-30 win over the Steelers.
Austin Ekeler started in place of the injured Melvin Gordon (knee), opening up change-of-pace duties for Jackson. The 2018 seventh-round pick shined in limited action, ripping off multiple big gains on the ground, including an 18-yard touchdown that put the Chargers up late. Jackson is unlikely to usurp Ekeler on the depth chart after the latter had one poor game, but his strong showing should certainly give the Chargers' coaching staff confidence in turning to the rookie when Gordon is sidelined. That said, Gordon was rumored to potentially be ready for Week 14's matchup against the Bengals, but if he needs another week of rest, Jackson should gain deep-league value based on his performance and the carry distribution Sunday.
Jackson carried the ball seven times for 57 yards Sunday in the 45-10 win over the Cardinals.
Jackson saw extended work as the game got out of hand by the end of the third quarter. The rookie running back could see a few more looks next week if Melvin Gordon (knee) misses time as expected according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com, but Austin Ekeler will likely be the first in line for additional carries. Still, Jackson showed Sunday that he has the potential to be explosive if given the opportunities, bursting for a 20-yard carry in the fourth quarter.
Jackson carried the ball two times for three yards and also tacked on an 11-yard reception in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Titans.
Jackson was expected to shoulder at least some of the load left behind with Melvin Gordon (hamstring) a late scratch for Sunday's game, but the Chargers opted to rely primarily on Austin Ekeler throughout the contest. Jackson's lone reception could have easily went for a touchdown if not for a bit of unfortunate circumstances, as the rookie running back appeared to have miles of open space in front of him on a beautifully designed screen, only for a shoe-string tackle to thwart any chance at a big play. It's a disappointing end to what figured to be Jackson's moment in the spotlight, as Gordon should have enough time to recover following the Chargers' Week 8 bye.
Jackson is expected to take on an elevated role in the team's offensive game plan Sunday against the Titans in London with Melvin Gordon (hamstring) inactive for the contest, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.
Jackson, a seventh-round rookie out of Northwestern, drew the first offensive snaps of his career in last week's blowout win over the Browns, finishing with four yards on three carries while adding an eight-yard reception. Since that work came in garbage time, it's probably unrealistic to expect Anthony Lynn to lean heavily on Jackson with Gordon out, especially with a high-quality replacement option on hand in Austin Ekeler. Even with Gordon starting each of the Chargers' first six games, Ekeler has made a major impact with 263 yards on 41 carries while adding another 207 yards and three touchdowns on 14 receptions. Ekeler's efficiency in both the running and passing games likely sets him up for a three-down workload in Week 7, presumably leaving Jackson in line to only enter the contest primarily when Ekeler requires a breather.
Jackson carried the ball three times for four yards and also caught one pass for eight yards in the 38-14 win over the Browns on Sunday.
Jackson saw his first work of the 2018 season as the Chargers boasted a double-digit advantage well into the fourth quarter. The rookie has been active in each of the past two games, but has mainly played on special teams.
The Chargers signed Jackson to the active roster Monday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Jackson joined the Chargers' practice squad on Sept. 4 after being waived by the team during final roster cuts. To make room for Jackson, Los Angeles waived third-string running back Detrez Newsome. A 2018 seventh-round draft pick, Jackson will join Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler in backfield.
Jackson cleared waivers Tuesday and joined the Chargers' practice squad, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Jackson was drafted by the Chargers in the seventh round but was unable to earn a spot on their 53-man roster to start the year. However, he is now set to work on the practice unit throughout the season and could potentially work his way up to the roster depending on injuries ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Chargers have waived Jackson, the team's official site reports.
A seventh-round selection, Jackson missed most of training camp and the preseason as he battled a hamstring injury. As a result, he has missed out on a 53-man roster spot with the club and will now have to look for work elsewhere.
Jackson (hamstring) took seven carries for 18 yards and didn't draw any target in Thursday's preseason finale against the 49ers.
Though he didn't do much in his first NFL appearance, Jackson at least seems to have made it through the game without aggravating his hamstring. Despite entering training camp as the favorite for the No. 3 RB job, the rookie seventh-round pick doesn't seem like a lock to make the 53-man roster. Detrez Newsome likely would be the one to benefit if the Chargers were to put Jackson on their practice squad.
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