LA Chargers: 4 players that are not being talked about enough in camp
By Jason Reed
2. Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson feels like that middle sibling in the running back room. On one hand, you have Austin Ekeler, the undrafted free agent that has shocked the world, earned his role as the RB1 on this team and earned a nice $24.5 million contract extension from the team in the offseason.
On the other hand, you have the baby: Joshua Kelley. A hometown kid that grew up in Inglewood and attended UCLA who was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Chargers. Kelley is the highest running back taken by the Chargers since Melvin Gordon.
Then you have Justin Jackson. We all know how talented Jackson is and how good he can be for the Chargers. We have seen it in spurts when he is healthy and on the field. The problem is that he has struggled to maintain his health at the professional level.
If Jackson is healthy then he should be the RB2 and should get a fair amount of snaps, similar to the way that Gordon and Ekeler would split snaps in the past (with Ekeler this time being the true no. 1).
Of course, that is a big what-if but the Chargers do have a backup plan in Kelley. The question is not if Jackson is a talented running back. He is and he will succeed quite a lot if he can stay on the field.
The question is if he can stay healthy and because of that, he has not been talked about. Perhaps fans expect him to miss time? Who knows.