Chargers decision No. 3: Putting Trey Pipkins behind both tackle spots
This one is mostly out of necessity, as Pipkins is really the only tackle behind Trent Scott and Tevi. However, based on the depth chart, he’s the guy behind either. Maybe this means nothing, and all does is show he’s a formality.
But, I tend to think there’s more to it. Pipkins went from dreadful in his first game to excellent against most of the Seahawks’ starting unit in the third game, following that with an average game against the 49ers. If that’s the kind of improvement Pipkins can make with few reps, he may be someone to watch out for to crack the starting lineup should either Scott or Tevi falter. Pipkins played his best as the right tackle, helping out on a number of key plays:
1st NFL passing touchdown for Easton Stick AND 2nd week in a row Andre Patton claims a TD for the @Chargers ?
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 25, 2019
It’s possible the team has a different right tackle by the end of the season.
Chargers decision No. 2: Making Austin Ekeler the starter
Though this isn’t a surprise, it’s currently the right move. Though there was much discussion had over who would become the No. 1 back, it appears the Chargers are incredibly confident in making Ekeler the lead man in Los Angeles. In fact, they’re so committed to him as the starting running back that he’s going to be pulled from special teams duty so he can focus on one thing.
Ekeler has neither played an entire set of 16 games nor cracked 1,000 total yards, but he aims to do both this season. Can the pound-for-pound strongest man on the team carry an NFL offense, behind one of the worst lines in football?