Get Austin Ekeler more touches
The issue of taking touches away from Ekeler was addressed earlier this week, but it’s not something to just talk about, it’s something the team needs to reassess.
While Melvin Gordon was holding out in hopes for more money, Ekeler was fantastic and the running game as a whole was much better than it has been in the last two weeks since Gordon returned. It bears repeating that Gordon has rushed for 49 yards on 20 carries.
That isn’t going to get it done and neither is feeding it to him so that he can get into a rhythm, as he seemed to suggest earlier in the week when he talked about not getting enough carries.
The last two games have presented two different problems. In each, the team has fallen behind early and had to somewhat abandon the running game. The team has also forced the ball to Gordon, who missed training camp and the entire preseason.
The Titans will likely look to take advantage of a weak Los Angeles offensive line and pressure Philip Rivers as often as possible. In those situations, Ekeler is the absolutely ideal safety valve. He can leak out of the backfield and as an excellent receiver (he tied the team record for receptions in a game earlier this season), can do a lot of damage in the passing game.
This is not to say that he is a better player than Gordon but at this particular juncture of the season, he is a better option. Gordon should be eased in and Ekeler’s touches should go way up in this game.
It wasn’t broken while Gordon was out and as a result, didn’t need fixing.