Posted: 7/07/2020 10:45 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's receiving grade of 94.2 over the last three seasons ranks No. 1 among all running backs, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Ekeler should handle the lion's share of the backfield duties all season and may become even more involved in the passing game with either of QB Tyrod Taylor or rookie Justin Herbert under center. He should be selected as a low-tier RB1.
Posted: 5/12/2020 2:46 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler averaged a broken tackle on 25.8 percent of his 132 rush attempts in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. The mark was the highest among all backs with at 100 carries.
Posted: 5/07/2020 2:11 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RBs Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson and rookie Joshua Kelley are all expected to remain involved in the offense this season, according to comments made by office coordinator Shane Steichen.
'All three of those guys are going to share the load. They all bring something unique,' Steichen said.
Huddle Up: This figures to mean much more for Jackson and Kelley than Ekeler, who will operate as the clear lead back and was never going to be expected to handle a heavy workload anyway. Melvin Gordon left behind roughly 13.5 carries per game when he departed for Denver, and it will be up to Jackson and Kelley to split about 10 to 12 of those. Ekeler should be considered a high-end RB2 in 2020, while Jackson and Kelley may siphon enough work from each other to be hard to trust as flex options.
Posted: 4/15/2020 3:46 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler was credited with a receiving grade of 93.6 last season - just ahead of Christian McCaffrey (92.4) for the best mark by a running back, according to Pro Football Focus.
Posted: 4/10/2020 6:23 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler in 2019 led all running backs with an average of 6.9 yards per touch.
Huddle Up: When a running back catches 92 passes -- and averages 10.8 yards per reception -- while carrying the ball a modest 132 times, a big YPT year was no surprise. Look for that number to dip some with Melvin Gordon now out of the picture in L.A., but definitely still bank on a RB1 season for Ekeler in PPR formats.
Posted: 4/08/2020 2:40 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler had an 85.2 percent catch percentage last season, which was the best rate of anyone with 45 receptions.
Huddle Up: Ekeler had just one drop and 92 grabs for 993 yards. He rushed 132 times for 557 yards (4.2 yards per carry) as well, and with Melvin Gordon gone, he should remain one of the top five backs in PPR.
Posted: 3/27/2020 3:12 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler hauled in 92 of his 108 targets last season. The resulting 85.2-percent catch rate led the league among all players with at least 50 receptions.
Posted: 3/06/2020 7:18 pm UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler on Friday, March 6, agreed to a four-year, $24.5 million contract. The deal includes $15 million in guarantees.
Huddle Up: Even while sharing most of the season with Melvin Gordon, Ekeler emerged as a PPR force last season, finishing second among all backs with 92 catches and 993 yards and pacing the position with nine receiving TDs. With Gordon now slated to bolt in free agency, Ekeler is a locked-in PPR RB1 pick and a borderline RB1 in standard drafts.
Posted: 2/24/2020 4:34 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler needs to see 15 to 20 touches per game, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Huddle Up: Ekeler is one of the more versatile backs in the NFL, and he finished 2019 with 92 catches and eight receiving touchdowns. There's a good chance he will be he unquestioned top back and a potential RB1 in 2020 if Melvin Gordon doesn't return, but even if Gordon is back, Ekeler can be a RB2 in PPR formats.
Posted: 12/23/2019 3:48 am UTC
Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushed four times for 11 yards and caught five of his six targets for 58 yards in a 24-17 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 16.
Huddle Up: His rushing totals have fluctuated since Melvin Gordon returned to the backfield, but his explosiveness and his steady role in the passing game should keep him in PPR lineups.