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#1 Posted : Thursday, December 6, 2018 8:12:55 PM(UTC)

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It was almost one year ago to the day that Austin Ekeler took his first career carry 35 yards to the endzone against the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles in last year’s week four contest.As fans erupted with joy and jubilation Authentic Russell Okung Jersey , it inevitably turned into reserved optimism because, as they say, “one carry does not a career make.” But a little less than 365 days later, we are still seeing flashes and feeling the residuals from that unexpected performance.Going into the Chargers 2018 season, Ekeler is no longer a former-UDFA coasting by on his strong 2017 preseason performance which landed him on that year’s final 53-man roster. He is now the solidified RB2 on this team and retains a vice-grip on his roster spot that doesn’t look to be relinquished anytime soon.It was expected that Ekeler would see an inflation in playing time this season, regardless if tight end Hunter Henry was healthy and available. In the Bolts’ first game of the 2018 season, many of the fan base’s expectations came to fruition, and then some.As a runner, Ekeler received just a handful of carries against the Chiefs (5) compared to Gordon (15). But true to form, Ekeler’s average yards per tote was almost double Gordon’s (7.8 to 4.3).As receivers, both backs were pelted with targets in their comeback attempt. Gordon caught 9 of his 13 targets for 102 yards, averaging 11.3 per catch, while Ekeler caught all five of his for 87 yards Authentic Melvin Ingram Jersey , a touchdown, and a very healthy 17.4 yards average.For the game, he averaged 12.6 yards per touch.Gordon’s average, albeit on more than twice the touches, was just 6.9.It will never seem fair to compare their boxscores unless the two start to record comparable workloads but this theme has stayed the same since way back into last season and I don’t think it can be ignored much longer.The most satisfying thing about watching Ekeler play football is that he just has that uncanny, uncoachable ability to make plays when the team needs it the most. It’s usually the main difference between the players that are kinda good and the great players, the players that are recalled occasionally and the ones you just cannot forget.In the above play, Gordon is out wide to the left with Keenan Allen in the slot. Ekeler runs a traditional go-route while Allen runs a fade towards the sideline. Allen’s route incidentally takes him to Ekeler and when Rivers lets it rip, you can’t really tell who he’s trying to throw it to.The ball is just out of reach for Allen but also looked to be short of Ekeler, as well. Unsurprisingly, Ekeler put enough distance between him and his defender off the line that he was able to come to a stop for a full second and allow the ball to land in his arms before the defender could get back into position.This play kicked off the team’s third drive of the game, arguably one of the most important drives of the entire game, as the Chargers found themselves in an early 14-3 hole and were needing points about as bad as Kyle Posey needs a “no credit card minimum” at happy hour.They needed a play. Ekeler answered the call.Unpopular opinion time: Ekeler is the team’s most successful power-back.Here me out.At the end of the day http://www.sandiegochargersteamonline.com/trevor-williams-jersey , it does not matter how strong or heavy a running back is if they cannot fall forward after runs and grind out the two or three-yard gains necessary to keep drives moving in critical situations. Ekeler, all 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds of him, wins in these situations more than not.There’s nothing too flashy about this play from Ek, but the ending is just one of a plethora of examples that showcase his ability to finish runs. The stiff-arm on LB Anthony Hitchens is a nice touch, as well.I’m throwing this last play in here for good measure to really hammer home how Ekeler has a such grasp on the little things that a player can do to tack on an extra yard or two at the end of plays.It’s just a simple hesitation before he gets skinny and splits the defenders but again, it’s always been the little things with #30. They add up. As cliche as it is to say, there’s a reason why coaches and leaders beat the sentiment into the ground.I don’t know about you guys, but I’m excited. I’m excited to see if Ken Whisenhunt will continue to wise up and keep finding new and creative ways to get Ekeler on the field as the season goes on.I mean, and dare I say it, but good teams usually want their best running back on the field, right?Los Angeles Chargers Daily Links: Are the Bolts Super Bowl contenders? Can Chargers Make A Super Bowl Run With Antonio Gates? - Ernie PadaonAntonio Gates usually has a pretty good offseason plan and he will have no problem getting back on the field immediately. Now we will just have to see how much more signs of aging will Gates have when he steps on the field. Gates has lost a step, but he still is a huge threat when he steps on the field. He will be more of a threat than Virgil Green or Sean Culkin ever will be in the passing game. Just his presence on the field will get some people open.Chargers have filled practice squad with promising players - Travis WakemanPutting together a team doesn’t stop there, however. Creating a practice squad is always important as every team in the league has to draw from its practice squad at some point in the season. Of course Womens Austin Ekeler Jersey , those players aren’t protected and can be nabbed by other teams at any point in the season.Mike Williams ready to live up to his hometown hero status - Kaila Burns-Heffner"I had been through a similar situation, so I already knew what it takes to get my body back to where it needed to be and be Mike," Williams said.What does Aaron Donald's record deal mean for Joey Bosa? - Eric Williams"There's only a couple spots that we really have to talk about," Telesco said during an interview on the TV broadcast for his team's final preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday. "But it's tough to have to say goodbye to a lot of really good players that did a lot for us. But it's trying to put that best 53 players together, and that's what we're trying to do."Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon: One Of The League's Most Dangerous Backfields - Travis BakerBut due to the development of Melvin Gordon and the sudden emergence of scat-back Austin Ekeler, the Chargers now obtain one of the leagues elite backfields. However, even with all this talent, the Chargers talented tailbacks remain one of the few aspects of the team that haven’t been advertised this offseason. But to honestly evaluate the skill sets of these halfbacks, we must take a more in-depth look at them individually.Social Media Information:BFTB Facebook Page: Click here to like our pageBFTB Twitter: Follow @BFTB_ChargersThe Lightning Round Twitter: Follow @Lightning_RoundThe Lightning Round Facebook: Click here to like our pageBFTB Manager: Richard Wade: Follow @RichardWade
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