The LA Chargers signed J.C. Jackson to a five-year contract last offseason as part of the most aggressive offseason in franchise history. Unfortunately, the same headlines that the Chargers made with Jackson during the spring could not translate to the fall.
Jackson's Chargers career got off to a late start after he had surgery on his ankle right before the start of the season. Once he was playing, Jackson was very obviously adjusting to Brandon Staley's defense and was not playing like the corner that the Chargers paid big money for.
Before Jackson could round into shape, he suffered a scary non-contact injury against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7. Jackson ruptured his Patellar tendon, which is an injury that usually spells doom for an NFL player. However, while speaking to reporters on Monday, GM Tom Telesco provided a huge update on Jackson.
Chargers news: J.C. Jackson could be ready by training camp
This is a huge development as many Chargers fans expected Jackson to miss a good portion of the 2023 regular season as well. There is no guarantee that Jackson will be ready for the start of training camp but the fact that the team has put this kind of timeline on him is great news.
Even if he is not ready for the start of camp, Jackson appears to be trending towards playing in Week 1. Even if that does not happen, it does not appear that the Chargers are going to be without Jackson for very long in 2023. Of course, that is assuming that all goes as planned. The Chargers haven't always been the most reliable when it comes to injury timelines.
This is not the only Chargers news from today, so let's dive into a quick Chargers news roundup.
Chargers news roundup:
- Tom Telesco confirmed that the Chargers wanted to re-sign Jalen Guyton all along and that re-signing him does not change the team's process in the 2023 NFL Draft. It will be interesting to see when the Chargers target a receiver this weekend.
- The Chargers held a draft workout for Gardner-Webb wide receiver T.J. Luther. Luther is projected to be an undrafted free agent this year, although a team could draft him in the seventh round if they fall in love with his traits. Luther does bring value as a potential return option for the Bolts.
- Telesco also said that he has enjoyed using the various different mock draft simulators, calling it a mental exercise. What do you know, Tom Telesco is just like every single one of us! (Although we are not sure if that is a good or bad thing).