NFL: How will each running back in the AFC West fare in 2020?

Austin Ekeler, Chargers, AFC West
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Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers will enter the post Philip Rivers era in 2020. There will be a battle between rookie Herbert and Tyrod Taylor to see who will be the starting quarterback. There will also be some changes in the backfield with Gordon in Denver. Austin Ekeler will have to step up as the premiere back.

Ekeler has always been a big part of the Chargers’ offense, but he did so as a pass catcher. During Gordon’s absence last season, Ekeler proved that he could run the ball effectively. He scored three touchdowns in a Week 1 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Four games later, he finished with 15 catches in a loss to Denver. Ekeler will have to step up as a three down back.

Behind Ekeler is Justin Jackson, who could be in line for a breakout season thanks to an increased workload. The Chargers are in rebuild mode. That was clear when they decided to move on from Rivers and draft Herbert in the top six.

They have two talented receivers in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams and a tight end with a high ceiling in Hunter Henry.


  1. No question about it, Gruden is so unhappy with Derek Carr he hasn’t drafted a single QB in the past three drafts. With multiple first-rounders the past two drafts, MM and Gru could’ve made a wide variety of moves to pick almost anyone they wanted.. This narrative is entirely media-driven. You’re just too stupid/arrogant to figure out Mayock and Gruden are playing you like a fiddle. One can only hope that when you finally figure that out you’ll have the decency and character to admit it.

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