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4 Chargers who must lay it all the line Thursday night

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers prepares to sanp the football during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Cardale Jones #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers prepares to sanp the football during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 05: Justin Jackson speaks among the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class & Campbell Trophy Finalists during the press conference for the 60th NFF Anual Awards Ceremony at New York Hilton Midtown on December 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 05: Justin Jackson speaks among the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class & Campbell Trophy Finalists during the press conference for the 60th NFF Anual Awards Ceremony at New York Hilton Midtown on December 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Justin Jackson, Running back

It’s been a highly disappointing summer for Justin Jackson. The Chargers’ seventh-round draft pick has been hobbled by a hamstring injury that has sidelined him and kept him out of competing to be one of the team’s running backs, a spot many fans expected him to earn one of those spots.

Instead, he’s had to sit idly by while undrafted rookie Detrez Newsome has impressed and risen the ranks.

Jackson’s hopes aren’t completely dashed, but they’re awfully close. According to Chris Hayre of the team’s official website, Jackson will play on Thursday night.

It’s unclear how much work he’ll see, but he needs to make the most of every snap so at the very least, he can earn a spot on the practice squad should he clear waivers if the team decides to cut him,

And that’s likely what’s coming, right? How can the Chargers cut Newsome after the way he has played? The only other option would be to keep four running backs on the active roster.

However, that won’t even be remotely discussed unless Jackson comes to play against the 49ers. He’s the No. 11 ranked rusher in NCAA history and needs to remember what made him a successful back at Northwestern.

He’s waited until the last moment to make a difference, but he still has a chance to show what he can do. The Chargers will likely want to get a good look at him, so expect Jackson to carry the ball at least five times and get a chance to catch a pass or two out of the backfield.

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