Why won’t Chargers’ Justin Herbert throw to J.C. Jackson’s corner of field?

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Through eight training-camp practices, there’s a lot to see about Justin Herbert, the Chargers’ Pro Bowl quarterback entering his third season with nearly unlimited expectations.

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One thing Jesse Jackson has said is that he has seen Herbert keep throwing in the other direction.

“He’s not really thrown in my favor,” Jackson said. “I don’t know if he’s afraid or what, but Herbert hasn’t thrown in my favor yet.”

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Jackson laughed after sharing his observation and then added: “Herbert is a great guy. I love practicing against him. I can’t wait to see what he does this year.”

In March, the Chargers signed Jackson to a five-year contract worth $82.5 million, with $40 million guaranteed. His 25 interceptions are the most in the NFL since 2018.

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Jackson made his first pickoff of camp on Friday when he fired a tipped throw from an Easton stick.

After four seasons with New England, Jackson joined the Chargers’ defense, which would include two accomplished, experienced pass rushers in Joey Bossa and Khalil Mack.

Jackson said he had never played with such an impressive pair. He suggests that Bossa and Mack’s presence might allow them to further exploit their already elite skills.

“I believe I can do more business with those two guys going into quarterback,” Jackson said. “Then it should be fun.”

The Chargers finished 21st last season with 11 interceptions. Jackson had nine and eight interceptions in the last two seasons, respectively.

Cornerback Jesse Jackson says he expects the Chargers to grab more interceptions this season due to their brilliant edge rushers.
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“There’s no pressure,” Jackson said when asked about his new contract. “I just feel more excited. … It’s nothing new for me. You’ll see what I’m going to bring to the table and to this team when the season starts.”

To Jackson’s observation about Herbert, defensive coordinator Reynaldo Hill smiled and dismissed the idea that the Chargers’ quarterback was escaping from one side of the field.

“Justin’s confidence too,” Hill said. “So I don’t know if it’s him. Jesse is a big, physical guy. It’s an over there presence. But I don’t think Justin is afraid to throw a ball anywhere.

practice observations

The Chargers returned to practice after not being on the field on Thursday. Excerpts from their 90-plus minute session:

  • Coming back from a setback that ended his 2021 season in week 15, tight end Donald Parham Jr continued his strong game, beating safety JT Woods with a seam for a touchdown.
  • Woods, a third-round pick out from Baylor, had a rough day. Hill explained that the rookie is still processing a defense that many veterans have called complicated. “We threw a lot at him,” Hill said. “You can sometimes see in his rotational things where there’s a little pause.” Hill still touted Woods’ potential, saying that as the season nears, his game will improve and coaches can shorten the playbook to make better use of his strength.

  • Veteran Sebastian Joseph-Day and rookie Otito Ogbonnea both knocked passes at the line of scrimmage along a defensive front the Chargers believe has improved significantly from a year ago.
  • Kicker Dustin Hopkins made all eight of his attempts at team practice after struggling earlier this week.
  • Cornerback Bryce Callahan for making wide receiver Keenan Allen such a tough cover: “Just going his way. He is real fickle. …he’s got some magic on his ways, let’s just say that.”


Source: www.latimes.com

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