Stock up: Detrez Newsome
Detrez Newsome has been a terrific surprise and in my opinion, is going to make this team. That’s something almost nobody predicted.
But he fits what the Chargers like to do and would be a great complement to Gordon and Austin Ekeler. He’s proven that by leading the team in rushing yards this preseason.
Newsome can catch the ball out of the backfield ad can turn the corner with some speed as well as picking up the tough yards in short-yardage situations. The Chargers have been good at finding hidden gems for some time now, and this appears to be the latest.
The all-time leader in terms of all-purprose yardage and touchdowns in school history at Western Carolina, Newsome has been one of the team’s brightest stars this summer.
He should find a spot on the 53-man roster and he should do so comfortably.
Stock down: Justin Jackson
Between a hamstring injury and the play of Newsome, the stock for seventh-round pick Justin Jackson is down. Way down.
He’s yet to take a snap this preseason, but there is some speculation that he will be on the field on Thursday night.
Chargers' seventh-round pick Justin Jackson has missed three preseason games with a hamstring injury, but expects to make his debut Thursday.
"I just want to get out there and have fun again playing football." https://t.co/MWvpQZ8C3S
— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) August 28, 2018
Big things were expected out of Jackson coming into the summer. After all, he stands as the No. 11 leading rusher in NCAA history. But he’s shown nothing since the team selected him and will need an incredibly strong performance against the 49ers to change his destiny of being cut.