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Los Angeles Chargers most important backups in 2019

By Tyler Gallagher
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills throws a pass against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Justin Jackson #32 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes for a 18 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 02: Justin Jackson #32 of the Los Angeles Chargers rushes for a 18 yard touchdown in the fourth quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 2, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Justin Jackson – Running Back

Who would be the lead back in the case of an injury or extended holdout from Melvin Gordon?

Based on the games we have seen, the answer is rather unclear. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13 of last year, Justin Jackson was the better back compared to Ekeler. That status flipped in Week 14, as Ekeler had a better week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

However, what was made clear in these games is that both Jackson and Ekeler will receive big roles without Gordon.

Jackson demonstrated great talent in 2018, but his performances were rather inconsistent. Over the three-game stretch when Gordon was out, Jackson’s yards per carry average wavered from 7.9 to 1.7 to 3.6.

If the Chargers move on from Gordon or must play several weeks without him, consistently good performances from Jackson would go a long way toward securing wins for the Bolts.

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Justin Jackson has previously shown the ability to handle a massive workload, as he averaged well over 20 carries per game in his career at Northwestern. His ability to do the same at the NFL level may be tested this year, and the Chargers’ season could waver largely based on how he performs.

Who do you think is the Chargers’ most important backup that does not regularly see the field? Give your opinion in the comments below.

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