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Uchenna Nwosu Jerseys 2019 , the Los Angeles Chargers elected to add some stability to their running back room in the form of Justin Jackson. While a limited player, Jackson’s production at Northwestern was worth a second look for most NFL franchises. Rushing for 1,000 plus yards all four seasons for the Wildcats, Jackson’s senior season came with some hope for the future. Collecting 11 touchdowns and averaging 4.6 yards per carry, Jackson projected to be a situational back or potential third down back. A rough preseason out on the coast, however, led Los Angeles to waive him following the team’s final outing in September. He went unclaimed and was placed on the team’s practice squad. By week 4, he was upgraded to the team’s active roster. In Week 14, thanks to a short week and injuries, Jackson will have a chance to make his mark with the Chargers offense as the team’s starter. Los Angeles’ injury woes have been costly to the team this season, and, while still young and inexperienced, Jackson is the last resort at running back this Thursday as the team travels to Arrowhead Stadium for a matchup against the first place Kansas City Chiefs. “You can teach vision. You can work with a guy’s footwork and his run-reads White Derwin James Jerseys , but what Justin has — is instincts,” Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. “That is something you cannot teach. He has better instincts than a lot of people would, and that’s why he’s been so successful over his running back career.”The rookie running back saw his role steadily increase over the past several games with the loss of Melvin Gordon. The Pro Bowl running back was forced to leave early in Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals with a knee injury. Results showed that the former top 15 draft selection was expected to miss multiple weeks and could be limited for the remainder of the season. With Austin Ekeler expected to take on a more prominent role, it was Jackson that impressed a majority of fans that Sunday night. While Ekeler still was productive in the passing game, it was Jackson who found success on the ground. Rushing for 63 yards and a touchdown, the former Wildcat standout showed growth in the ability to make defenders miss in the open field. His speed wasn’t perfect, but his clean cuts and juking skills made his overall night a memorable one. “I saw that’s been waiting on the runway. Waiting for his opportunity. When he got it, I thought he took full advantage of it. He’s not banged up at all. He’s fresh, and that’s what we brought him here for. This time of year, a lot of young backs have to step up and play, and he was ready.”With Ekeler now on the injured list, Jackson will share carries with Detrez Newsome and perhaps Derek Watt. But a majority of runs will come from Jackson, who still is getting used to life in the NFL. Before his real first chance at secondary running back against Arizona Derwin James Jerseys 2019 , Jackson rushed for just seven yards on five carries. Even after an excellent performance in Pittsburgh, Jackson faced the harsh reality of a setback against the Bengals. While Los Angeles pulled out the victory, Jackson’s stat line suffered a loss. Rushing for just 12 yards on seven carries, the 23-year-old running back averaged only 1.7 yards per carry. But there’s always a light at the end of every dark tunnel. For Jackson’s tunnel, Thursday’s starting nod comes in the form of Kansas City’s run defense. The unit ranks 25th in the league heading down the stretch. It’s not hard to realize that Tom Telesco and the Chargers staff was smart for electing to keep Jackson around in whatever role possible. There’s talent there waiting to break out into a more prominent role. That wish is about to be real for Jackson on Thursday. ”Justin has done a great job of really staying on — you know, when we picked him late in the draft, one of the things that stood out was his production from college,” Chargers coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “We didn’t see as much of that maybe in the OTAs and training camp. He was nicked up a bit, but he did enough to make the roster, and he’s really been doing a good job on the scout team. That’s a credit to him. If you ever wanted to have a model for this is why you work on those teams to prepare you, it showed up last week.”While the Chargers injury bug continues to be a problem for the staff moving closer towards the playoff, Jackson could be another diamond in the rough. The team has found ways to win with limited talent and currently hold the second best record in the AFC.All it takes is one run to change the course of a game. For Jackson, he’ll be given plenty of opportunities to make that run possible. The heat must feel familiar to Mike McCoy.Eleven months after he was fired as offensive coordinator in Denver White Keenan Allen Jerseys , McCoy is on shaky ground as offensive coordinator of the punchless Arizona Cardinals.First-year head coach Steve Wilks said Monday that everyone's job, including his, will be on the line if the team doesn't start winning.But the target seems biggest on McCoy, since the Cardinals (1-5) rank last or next to last in the NFL in just about every offensive category."We're preparing like any other week," McCoy said Tuesday when asked if he felt his job is in jeopardy. "Our objective every week is to go out and win the next game that you're playing. That's our focus."Coincidentally, Arizona's next opponent is Denver, the team that fired McCoy 10 games into last season. It was McCoy's second stint with the Broncos. He was offensive coordinator there from 2009 to 2012. With Peyton Manning at quarterback, that 2012 team went 13-3 and McCoy became a hot property, hired as head coach of the San Diego Chargers.He was fired after four seasons with the Chargers and returned to work as offensive coordinator for new Denver head coach Vance Joseph, who had kind words for McCoy in a conference call Tuesday. Joseph said coaches understand the pressure inherent in the profession."Mike's a great man," Joseph said of the coach he fired last November. "Mike, as a coordinator, he understands being a head coach Keenan Allen Jerseys 2019 , and it's a production business. He understands that. We're all in the same business, so we all get it. If we don't produce, and we don't win, then we can't keep our jobs. Mike understands that. I understand that, and coach Wilks understands that."It's the same for every coach in the National Football League. We're all coaching and playing for our jobs every single week. It's no different this week."McCoy said he has "great respect for the entire (Bronco) organization.""I was very fortunate to be a part of their organization two different times with some great players and some great people from Mr. Bowlen (owner Pat Bowlen) all the way down," he said. "I've got so much respect for the organization, how they run the business from day to day."McCoy was entrusted with the Arizona offense by Wilks, the defensive coordinator in Carolina and a coach with an entirely defensive background before he was hired to replace Bruce Arians after last season.But the Cardinals stumbled from the start and haven't shown much improvement from game to game.Rookie Josh Rosen replaced Sam Bradford as quarterback in the third week of the season and has had some impressive moments but the Cardinals ground game, expected to be a strength with the return of running back David Johnson, has been mostly awful. The offensive line, predicted to be the team's strength by Wilks, has lost most of its battles in the trenches and is battered by injuries going into Thursday night's game.The Cardinals average 220 yards per game, worst in the NFL. They are 31st (out of 32 teams) at 156.5 passing yards per game and dead last at 64 yards per game on the ground. Their 82 points White Melvin Ingram Jerseys , including a handful of defensive touchdowns, are next-to-last in the league.And Arizona was 0-for-10 on third down (0-for-2 on fourth down) in last Sunday's 27-17 loss at Minnesota.So it's easy to see why McCoy should be feeling the pressure. But he said he ignores the critics."No offense, but I don't watch a lot of TV," he said. "I don't read papers. I don't get on the internet. I'm too busy doing other things, putting plans together. When my family's in town, I spend every minute I can with them, or talking to them at night when they're in San Diego, things like that. I've been in this long enough."The Broncos have the worst run defense in the NFL. It would seem to be an opportunity, maybe McCoy's last in Arizona."We're focused on this week," he said. "That's all you do in this business. You try to be 1-0 at the end of every week. That's all that we're focused on."