Chargers will feature Austin Ekeler
The Chargers suggested they would feature Ekeler as their lead back, but some expected a close to even split between he and Justin Jackson.
As it turns out, however, Ekeler is the lead as much as Melvin Gordon would be in most games. For the game, No. 30 was in on 75 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, with Jackson the man on the other 25. For what it’s worth, Troymaine Pope received no offensive snaps.
On those snaps, Ekeler touched the ball 18 times, racking up 154 yards and three touchdowns in the process. Though Jackson averaged over nine yards per carry himself, it’s going to be hard to give him more carries if Ekeler can shine as he did.
Chargers fullback Derek Watt will make more of an impact this year
15 snaps on offense for a fullback who no one would have guessed would be with the team longer than the first-round selection he used to block for in college.
Watt is one of the more underappreciated parts of the Chargers offense, but he looks to take on a slightly more significant role this year as the offense does its best to get Ekeler and Jackson in the best position to succeed. His 15 snaps against the Colts were more than all but one regular season game total from last year.
Dating back to 2018, the Chargers are now 9-1 when Watt is given double-digit touches.