Chargers Benched Pro Bowl Corner Against Broncos

The Los Angeles Chargers may already be regretting one of their 2022 free-agent splashes. The team benched cornerback J.J Jackson in the second half of their 19-16 win over the Denver Broncos after a brutal first two quarters. Charger head coach Brandon Staley clarified during his postgame presser that Jackson hadn't suffered any notable injury. The Pro Bowler was apparently responsible for a blown coverage on the Broncos' only touchdown of the game, a 39-yard pass to tight end Greg Dulcich.

Jackson has struggled this season since returning from an August ankle procedure, allowing an eye-popping 149.0 passer rating across his first four games. Jackson had never allowed a rating above 62.7 in any of his previous four seasons. J.C. Jackson joined the Chargers during the 2022 offseason on a five-year, $82.5 million deal after four excellent seasons with the New England Patriots. Jackson totalled a staggering 25 interceptions and 53 pass breakups with the Patriots as a man-coverage star, but he has evidently stumbled transitioning to the Chargers' zone-coverage scheme.
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