Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Melvin Gordon's holdout last season gave Jackson a bit of sleeper appeal, but when Austin Ekeler proved capable of shouldering the load as the lead back and then Jackson had trouble staying healthy, his window to make a splash quickly closed. A seventh-round pick in 2018, the Northwestern product has the elusiveness and balance in traffic to break through to the second level with regularity, and despite his limited workload in the NFL he's been a big-play threat on the ground, gaining 20 or more yards on three of his 29 carries last year. He's worked hard to bring his receiving skills up to average, but his thin frame at 6-0, 199, isn't an advantage in pass protection. With Gordon now in Denver, Jackson is penciled in as the No. 2 back, but 2020 fourth-round pick Joshua Kelley offers more size and power and could ultimately prove himself to be a more effective complement to Ekeler in the Chargers' backfield. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.71 million contract with the Chargers in September of 2018.
Facing competition from rookie
RBLos Angeles Chargers
April 29, 2020
Jackson could face competition from fourth-round selection Joshua Kelley, Chris Hayre of the Chargers' official site reports.
Following Kelley's selection, coach Anthony Lynn touted the rookie as a bigger-bodied back capable of carrying the load in goal-line and short-yardage situations, much like ex-Charger Melvin Gordon. With Austin Ekeler entrenched as the top pass catcher out of the backfield and also likely to see more work in early down scenarios sans Gordon, Jackson could become more of an afterthought on offense if Kelley lives up to expectations. The distinction of "starter" has long been a foreign concept when it comes to Chargers running backs, but Jackson's role feels less defined than that of Ekeler's or Kelley's, even though the latter might ultimately see less time on the field to begin the season.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Justin Jackson's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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Drop Rate
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2019 Justin Jackson Split Stats
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The 2018 seventh-round selection was forced into action during Week 12 of his rookie campaign thanks to injuries to Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. He ended up recording 190 rushing yards, 116 receiving yards and two touchdowns during a four-game stretch, which also included his lone start. This offseason, the Chargers didn't add any notable options to their running back depth chart, but they do have some turmoil in the form of Gordon's contract holdout. Jackson and Ekeler are getting the first-team snaps at training camp, potentially headed for a committee in September if Gordon can't work things out with the team.
Jackson was a wrecking ball during his four-year collegiate career with Northwestern, eventually finishing as the university's all-time leading rusher with 5,440 yards. That production was thanks in part to an uncharacteristically high workload, but the added wear and tear shouldn't mean much in the immediate future given he figures to merely be a rotational option for Melvin Gordon. Not necessarily known as a receiving threat, Jackson will likely cede snaps to last year's standout rookie running back, Austin Ekeler, but should Gordon suffer an injury, it wouldn't be a surprise for Jackson to see the majority of the carries.
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Mundane conclusion to season
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 30, 2019
Jackson (hamstring) carried the ball once in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. He finished his season with 200 rushing yards on 29 attempts, and he also recorded nine receptions for 22 yards while playing just 93 offensive snaps.
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Practicing in full
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 25, 2019
Jackson (hamstring) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Unable to play Sunday
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 22, 2019
Jackson (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
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Wears questionable tag for Sunday
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 20, 2019
Jackson (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Oakland.
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Nursing hamstring injury
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 18, 2019
Jackson (hamstring) was limited during Wednesday's practice.
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