LA Chargers: Ranking the offenses in the AFC West by position

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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

Running Back

  1. Broncos: Phillip Lindsay, Melvin Gordon
  2. Raiders-: Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard
  3. Chargers: Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, Joshua Kelley
  4. Chiefs: Damien Williams, Clyde Edwards-Helaire   

Running back might be the closest position on this list. Truly, there’s not a lot that separates the teams from each other. The Broncos earned the number one spot for me because they have two running backs that could probably be solid starters on a team, despite Gordon’s decline last year.

The Raiders have to be two after the emergence of Jacobs last year. If he can stay healthy for 16 games, he and Richard are a nice rushing/receiving duo.

The main reason the LA Chargers are at three is the lack of a lead running back who’s played all 16 games before. Jackson was also hurt last year. While Ekeler, Jackson, and Kelley is a nice tandem, 2020 will be a test as to whether Ekeler can be a lead back over the course of a season.

If Ekeler can average something like 4.2-4.6 yards per carry over 16 games, the Chargers might vault themselves into having the best group in the division.

The Chiefs have the least talent from a rushing standpoint, but it doesn’t matter given the fact they use their running backs more in the passing game anyway. Edwards-Helaire was an unexpected first-round pick, as it felt like they were going to go defense. Don’t be surprised if he plays a big role in his first season.

Ultimately, all four teams have strong cases for having the best running back group in the division. I’d give it to the Broncos by a hair, but it’ll be interesting to see which running backs take it to another level in 2020.