Chargers Grades: Continued
Running Backs: C
While few fans expected a glorious immediate return from Melvin Gordon, supporters of the yellow and blue certainly hoped for more than 31 yards on 12 carries (a measly 2.6 average). For Austin Ekeler, he made a big impression through the air, but on the ground toted the ball only three times for a grand total of seven yards.
The Bolts had to play from behind early, so the microscopic numbers are to be expected from this unit, but to have your star running back make his season debut with 12 touches and a long of seven yards is a tough pill to swallow.
Pass Catchers: B-
As I mentioned before, Ekeler had another solid game through the air, dinking and dunking his way to 15 receptions and 86 yards. Fantasy owners have to be joyful about this receiving production, but as for fans of the franchise having your running back lead all receivers is not a great sign.
Behind Ekeler, Mike Williams had a solid six for 74-yard effort but failed to haul in some key receptions as he was targeted 13 times. Keenan Allen was the big disappointment on the day, picking up a mere 18 yards on four receptions. Give a lot of credit to cornerback Chris Harris Jr. for his blanket coverage on Allen, but the Chargers must do a better job of getting Allen going in future games.
They simply do not have much depth behind him.