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LA Chargers roster: Predicting the 2021 running back depth chart

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29: A.J. Klein #54 of the Buffalo Bills attempts to tackle Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter at Bills Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29: A.J. Klein #54 of the Buffalo Bills attempts to tackle Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter at Bills Stadium on November 29, 2020 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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2. Justin Jackson

This is where the debates can be held. Justin Jackson is currently the favorite to be the no. 2 running back for the LA Chargers in 2021 but it is far from a guarantee. First of all, Jackson has extensive injury history and there is no guarantee that the Chargers can consistently get him on the field.

Second of all, the sample size with Jackson is extremely low. Sure, he has looked great in his chances, but those chances have been few and far between and that is not going to increase his chances of winning the job.

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With a new coaching regime in place, it would not be totally shocking to see Jackson slide down the depth chart with strong performances from the other backs in the preseason.

However, as indicated by him being ranked second on this list, that likely won’t be the case out of the gate. As long as he stays healthy, Jackson should be the no. 2 running back on the LA Chargers in what is a make-or-break contract year for the former Northwestern back.

Jackson’s career 4.9 yards per attempt is extremely exciting and his ability to be a threat in the passing game increases his value as a complementary back to Austin Ekeler.

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