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.
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.
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