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Four dark horse Chargers who could make the Pro-Bowl in 2019

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch in front of defensive back David Amerson #38 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs after his catch in front of defensive back David Amerson #38 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) /

Chargers: Austin Ekeler, running back

With his efficiency, strength, and game-changing ability, Ekeler is as dominant a running back as any. His two seasons in the NFL compare favorably to any of the best seasons from Darren Sproles or Danny Woodhead with the Chargers. The only problem: He’s not the starter.

At nearly 1,000 total yards and six touchdowns on just 145 total touches (6.6 yards per touch) in 2018, Ekeler has remained incredibly efficient as both a runner and receiver. Ekeler may not make the Pro-Bowl if Melvin Gordon has a healthy 2019 season, but if more opportunities open up for him due to injuries or game flow, there’s an outside chance he could rack up enough yards and touchdowns to warrant a selection. As a fan-favorite on the team trying to get on a special roster voted on by fans, Ekeler could make it by popularity alone.

Honorable mentions:

  • Uchenna Nwosu, linebacker/special teams
  • Kyzir White, linebacker
  • Drue Tranquill, linebacker/special teams
  • Geremy Davis, wide receiver/special teams
  • Sam Tevi, offensive tackle

Next. Austin Ekeler vs Darren Sproles and other Chargers running backs

Are there any potential dark-horse candidates that should be on this list? Comment below and cast a vote of confidence for that player.

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