The Chargers were reportedly interested in bringing in free agent running back LeSean McCoy. Here’s what that may have signified for the team.
The Chargers currently have Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, and Troymaine Pope as their three running backs to open the regular season next week. Apparently, the team was looking to add to that group, as they reportedly had interest in recently released veteran running back LeSean McCoy.
So what did that mean for the Chargers? Here are three thoughts on what it potentially signified.
Chargers concerned with their running back corps playing a full season
Though the Chargers are lucky to have two backs with some NFL success, as well as a newcomer who looks to add a spark to the rotation, they should be concerned with how the trio will hold up for 16 games, as well as a deep postseason run. Of Ekeler, Jackson, and Pope, none of them have appeared in a full regular season slate of games. The returning duo of Ekeler and Jackson both dealt with injuries last year; Ekeler, in fact, has missed four combined games over the last three weeks of the regular season in his first two years in the league.
McCoy was not in perfect health last year, but he did manage to appear in 14 games. For his career, McCoy has played in 15 or more regular season games in seven out of his 10 years in the NFL. No one expected McCoy to come in and dominate snaps with the Chargers, but their interest in bringing him in may have had something to do with finding someone who can keep the main rotation fresh for an entire season.