Justin Jackson: What the Lions get in their new RB

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The Detroit Lions announced the signing of former Los Angeles Charger’s 2018 7th round pick, free agent RB Justin Jackson, and the retirement of WR Corey Sutton on Monday.

Jackson, 26, last played for the Los Angeles Chargers in 2021, registering 5.4 yards per carry on 68 attempts. Jackson could never quite find the shots behind Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon, and with the addition of Joshua Kelley in 2020 and Isaiah Spiller in 2022, Jackson’s role became even more limited. Although he has had a career year in terms of games played, he still has 16 or 17 games left to play.

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The backfield of the Detroit Lions. if it’s healthy, it’s solid. The addition of Jackson brings depth behind D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams in the ever-important run game that the Lions will need to stand a chance of competing in 2022. The Lions’ passing attack has the potential to be very good, but it’s not good enough to be one-dimensional and still win games. Williams, Swift, Jackson and Reynolds will all have a hand in this now deep back room.

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While Justin Jackson couldn’t land in LA, he was quite prolific in limited snaps with a career average of 5 YPC. It will be interesting to see where he fits in towards the end of the camp, but Jackson is no slouch and should end up making the roster at the end of the camp barring injuries or setbacks as he has a very good backup is when he’s healthy, and at 26 he still has a ton of gas left to turn his career around in Detroit.

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Story originally appeared on Lions Wire

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