LA Chargers: 3 players facing make-or-break seasons in 2021

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LA Chargers running back Justin Jackson
Jun 1, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson (22) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2. Justin Jackson

Justin Jackson was not predicted to be an impact player running the football. The LA Chargers selected him in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft and he really was just meant to be a depth running back. He got his chance during the 2018 season on primetime and instantly increased his value.

Both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler were injured when the Chargers took on the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Pittsburgh, on Sunday Night Football. Jackson had a huge second half for the Bolts, leading the team in its comeback effort.

Jackson's stock has been high because of that game ever since then but he has not fully capitalized on it. Last season was seemingly going to be the year that he stepped up with Melvin Gordon in Denver but he ran into many of the same problems that he had before.

Jackson has struggled to stay healthy during his career and that has kept him from putting together a constant run where he can prove his true worth. Again, he has shown flashes here and there both those flashes are not enough to conclude if he is as talented as his ceiling says he is.

This is it for Jackson. He is entering a contract year and he is going to have to stay healthy and give the Chargers a true RB2. There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the running back room in 2021 and Jackson's health is a big key to keep it from being an issue.