Breaking down the LA Chargers Depth Chart: The running backs
By Jason Reed
RB2: Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson is a really exciting running back that we have not been able to see get fully unleashed in the NFL yet. We first got a true glimpse of Jackson against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018. Gordon was out and Jackson had a huge second half that led the Chargers to a win.
Jackson should be the RB2 in the Chargers’ offense and the only thing that can really stop him is injuries. Unfortunately for Jackson, this is a legitimate concern as he has battled injuries already in his short career, which is why we have not gotten a big look at him.
If he does get hurt during training camp or the season we will be sure to readdress this and shuffle it around, but if all things are equal and everyone is healthy, Jackson is the RB2.
He is someone that can focus more on being a ball-carrier and is great in that department. In fact, I would not be shocked if Jackson gets 80 percent or higher of the number of carries that Ekeler gets as the traditional RB1.
Jackson averaged a staggering 6.9 yards per carry last season, albeit on 29 attempts. If he can average more than five yards per career, which he has in his 79 career carries, then big things are in store for the seventh-round pick.