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Chargers: Who is shining bright and who is burning out?

CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs past cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs past cornerback Johnathan Joseph #24 of the Houston Texans and runs for a touchdown in the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 22, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with teammates after rushing for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 29: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates with teammates after rushing for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Despite a plethora of injuries and a lower than expected 2-2 record, there have been several bright spots on this Los Angeles Chargers team early in 2019. Of these bright spots, which can we expect to continue?

The Los Angeles Chargers have faced a great number of challenges early in this season, and to get the two wins they have now, several players have had to step up beyond what was expected of them.

Below are several of the bright spots on the team, as well as a verdict on if fans can expect that player or group’s surprise performance to continue for the rest of the year.

Chargers: Austin Ekeler silences doubters

For four weeks, Chargers fans have perhaps caught a glimpse of the future at the running back position, as Austin Ekeler has led the backfield in carries and yards.

While perhaps not in the elite category yet, he has certainly looked the part of an NFL lead back.

Many doubted that Ekeler could carry the title of lead back, as his size makes him seem unlikely to hold up running between the tackles over a full season. However, plays like the one below have demonstrated Ekeler has the power a lead back needs to go along with his elusiveness.

¡Otra vez @AustinEkeler! ?‍♂️?Los @Chargers toman amplia ventaja de los @Colts con una carrera de 63 yds del número 30. 9-24 #INDvsLAC #NFLMX #NFL100 #BoltUp pic.twitter.com/lEQt2mWRt7

— NFL México (@nflmx) September 8, 2019

Now that Melvin Gordon is back, Ekeler will lose his starting role, as coach Anthony Lynn stated Gordon will return to his lead back role shortly.

So, Ekeler will likely not get the chance to produce at the level he has through four weeks. But, after ranking fifth in yards from scrimmage among all NFL players through four weeks, we have seen enough to know that Ekeler is clearly an upper-echelon starter in this league.

Verdict: Here to stay

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