The Chargers made the signing of Antonio Gates official today, requiring a corresponding release of one of the 53 players on the roster. That player was seventh-round rookie running back Justin Jackson...
The Chargers waived seventh-round RB Justin Jackson to make room for TE Antonio Gates.— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) September 3, 2018
No sign of Gates at the start of today's practice, but UCLA product Thomas Duarte is here as a practice-squad tight end.
Jackson was considered by most to be the third running back on the depth chart entering training camp and the preseason process. A draft pick in April, Jackson had a very productive career at Northwestern and when you watch some of his clips from college you understand the intrigue behind what he can bring to the team.
In early August, however, Jackson would suffer a hamstring injury which limited his time in the preseason to only seven carries in the fourth game. On the final drive, Jackson had an impressive 16 yard run to set up the game-winning field goal. This type of run is exactly what people were expecting when Jackson was drafted. Despite this impressive run, Detrez Newsome made the most of the opportunity while Jackson was hurt and solidified his spot as the third RB behind Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.
With one spot still available on the practice squad and the potential that Jackson possesses, the hope appears to be that he makes it through waivers to rejoin the team in that capacity.