Former Northwestern RB re-signs with Detroit Lions
A former Northwestern product re-signed with the Detroit Lions on Saturday. He was with the team last season and played in 16 games.
Justin Jackson is returning to play for Detroit for another year per Mlive’s Benjamin Raven. Jackson attended Northwestern from 2014-2017.
After his days at Northwestern were over, Jackson was drafted by Los Angeles Chargers in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Jackson spent 2018-2021 with the Chargers.
The Lions signed Jackson in August of last season, before releasing him later that same month and promoting him to the practice squad. Detroit eventually moved Jackson to the active roster in September of 2022.
Jackson accounted for 271 total yards and 2 touchdowns last season. He was the third-string running back on the roster behind Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift.
In order to make room for Jackson on the roster, the Lions waived RB Greg Bell.
After many seasons of finishing under .500, Detroit finished at 9-8 last year. The regular season ended with the Lions knocking off division-rival Green Bay Packers out of the playoffs.
Although Detroit did not make the playoffs, things are starting to move in the right direction under HC Dan Campbell.
The Detroit Lions begin their 2023 season on Thursday Night Football as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs. That game will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC on Sept. 7.