Chargers fullback Derek Watt and rookie running back Justin Jackson were guests on episode No. 13 of the Backstage: Chargers Podcast presented by Toyota.
Watt will face his younger brother – Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt – for the first time ever as an opponent this Sunday in Pittsburgh. Jackson discussed his seven-carry, 57-yard performance against Arizona, and staying prepared for an increased workload.
Highlights from the conversation are below:
Watt on facing his brother (9:50 mark):
"I've played with T.J. both in high school and college. … I even played with T.J. growing up in some sports because he was playing up in my level sometimes in the youth levels, but yeah, this will be the first time going up against one another (other) than in the backyard. … In college, T.J. had converted over to linebacker. In practice a couple times we went up against each other, but it's not the same. In a game it's a lot different, especially at this level it'll be pretty cool."
Head Coach Anthony Lynn on Jackson's performance against the Cardinals (17:00 mark):
"I saw a guy that's been waiting on the runway, waiting for his opportunity, and when he got it I thought he took full advantage of it. Like I said, 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 time young backs got to step in and play, and he was ready."
Jackson on the running backs room (26:55 mark):
"It's just a fun room to be in. We keep it loose and we've all had those moments where you just have to step up and make a play. Obviously, Melvin (Gordon) has had a million of them. Austin (Ekeler), like you said, came in preseason last year and just balled and then came in during the season and balled. He doesn't get too many opportunities, but when he does get an opportunity, it's a big play almost every single time. … And Detrez (Newsome) came in the preseason and balled, and that's why he's on the team right now. And I got my opportunity last week, and I went in there and I played well. So, I think that's what I've learned the most from these guys is just: When you get an opportunity you can't waste it, because they don't come around too often."
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