Second Running back
For the last two seasons, Los Angeles has enjoyed the resurgence of Gordon and have feasted on his ability to be a workhorse and do some damage in the passing and the running game. As mentioned above, Gordon ran for his first 1.000-yard season and continued to find the end zone, ranking fourth in total scoring. Unfortunately the total rushing offense for the team was atrocious, ranking 24th in the NFL and not doing much in the backfield without Gordon. The halfback position is among the most punishing positions in football and keeping Gordon out there for 90 percent of the game could result in injury and in turn, force a heavy toll on the balanced offense.
Bringing in another running back would help the team set a pace and would serve as a new set of feet when Gordon gets worn out. With Austin Ekeler serving as a solid third-down back, the Chargers could very well go back to the three-headed monster offense they ran in 2007 with LaDainian Tomlinson, Micheal Turner and Darren Sproles. This in turn would keep a fast-paced offense and wear out defenses that would have trouble with both the running game and the passing game.
A solution would be to look for a solid veteran, or simply draft a back in the draft, maybe in the fourth or fifth round. The goal would be to find a bruiser who can carry the ball in short-yardage or goal-line situations that call for a battering ram.
Players like Notre Dame’s Josh Adams or Michigan State’s LJ Scott could be draft targets or they could go for a veteran like Alfred Morris, who could be an ideal candidate for a revamped Chargers rushing attack.