Offensive Player of the Year: Austin Ekeler
Many fans may be inclined to place Keenan Allen here. After all, he had over 100 receptions on the season. But Ekeler gets this spot with almost no hesitation from me.
Pressed into a much bigger role than expected when Melvin Gordon decided to holdout in the middle of the summer, Ekeler was fabulous, doing everything asked of him. He ran inside, ran outside, caught passes out of the backfield, stood back and picked up blitzing defenders and put points on the board by finding the end zone.
Ekeler rushed for 557 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Where he really shined was out of the backfield as he had one of the better receiving seasons for a running back in league history, catching 92 passes and finishing just seven yards short of 1,000 on the year.
If not for an incredible season by Christian McCaffrey, Ekeler’s numbers would be discussed much more.
Ekeler also led the team with 11 total touchdowns and in three seasons, has gone from a guy just happy to be in a training camp to an integral part of the offense and potentially a prized free agent this offseason.
Ekeler was easily the best offensive player for the Chargers this season and deserves this kind of recognition.