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Power ranking Chargers most important questions during the preseason

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball off a handoff during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball off a handoff during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at StubHub Center on September 9, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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2. Can Chargers get by without Gordon?

It’s widely known at this point that Melvin Gordon has chosen to hold out and when he reports to the team is up in the air. However, as much as fans don’t want to hear this, that could stretch way into the regular season.

The Chargers need to be prepared for that to happen.

Gordon and the team have been far apart in negotiations and Gordon reportedly turned down the team’s offer of $10 million per season. He wants more, and the Chargers don’t seem interested in caving in to those demands.

The Chargers were undefeated in the four games without Gordon last season, so there’s nothing to worry about, right?

Well, hopefully. But we can’t just dismiss a player like Gordon as though guys with that level of talent grow on trees. The team has Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson along with some young, developing players like Detrez Newsome and undrafted rookie Jeremy Cox. From that group, plenty of great things can happen.

The Chargers are absolutely right not to give Gordon what he’s looking for but hoping that he’ll just tuck his tail and return to the field without at least some willingness to bend might be naive. In order for this season to count on the books, he can sit out all the way until Week 10 and there is a decent chance that will happen.

Can the Chargers reach their ultimate destination without him? They may have to. So finding out the best way to use the backs listed above must be a huge focal point for the team. The combination of Ekeler and Jackson will be leaned upon to shoulder most of the load, so both of those players will need to be ready to step up for the team.

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