Justin Jackson
Justin Jackson
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries continue to be the story of Jackson's career, and he's missed 16 of 32 games the last two seasons with quad and knee issues costing him time in 2020. Given his thin 6-0 frame, it's perhaps not surprising that he can't stay in the lineup, but when he's been healthy he's been productive, and more than three-quarters of his scrimmage yards last year came in only three games. Jackson's best traits are his balance through contact and plus elusiveness, which make him hard to bring down and allow him to deliver both big plays and consistent yardage, leading to a career 4.9 YPC. He's also a solid pass catcher, though in a backfield with Austin Ekeler he hasn't had to use those skills much. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $1.71 million contract with the Chargers in September of 2018.
Marginally more snaps in Week 2
RBLos Angeles Chargers
September 20, 2021
Jackson carried the ball four times for 21 yards and also caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Cowboys.
ANALYSIS
Jackson still didn't see his first snaps until the second half, but at least the undrafted free agent out-snapped Larry Rountree albeit by a slim 16 to 10 margin. It appears as if Jackson is more trusted in come-from-behind situations, at least as a substitute for all-world pass catcher Austin Ekeler.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Justin Jackson's 2021 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.
Broken Tackle %
20.0%
 
Positive Run %
100.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
73.1%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.8
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
7.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
26.9%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-7.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.27
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.1%
 
% Team Targets
3.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.5
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Sunday, Sep 26th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
40.8
 
Cornerbacks
64.6
 
Safeties
20.8
 
Linebackers
50.5
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
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 at least 20 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 (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.
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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Relegated to third string
RBLos Angeles Chargers
September 13, 2021
Jackson carried the ball once for five yards and caught his lone target for two yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Washington.
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Sheds injury, returns to practice
RBLos Angeles Chargers
August 31, 2021
Jackson (groin) participated in Tuesday's practice, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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Won't practice Tuesday
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Groin
August 24, 2021
Jackson (groin) isn't practicing Tuesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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Still sidelined
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Groin
August 20, 2021
Jackson (groin) is not practicing Friday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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Goes down with groin injury
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Groin
August 14, 2021
Jackson injured his groin in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, according to Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times.
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