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LA Chargers: Five strongest positions on the Chargers depth chart

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 27: Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after sacking Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears late in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on October 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 27: Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts after sacking Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears late in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on October 27, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNzzo/Getty Images)
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Some areas of the LA Chargers depth chart are stronger than others.

The LA Chargers have an interesting roster heading into the 2020 season. On paper, the Chargers are one of the most talented and deepest teams, as they were last year. But with a disappointing season so closely in the rear-view mirror as well as a change at quarterback, expectations are mixed heading into the 2020 season.

There are going to be certain position groups that hold up the rest of the roster and prove to be the strongest. Certain position groups whose production ultimately decides the fate of the Chargers’ in 2020.

Here are the five strongest areas on the LA Chargers depth chart.

Strongest areas of the LA Chargers depth chart: #5 Running back

The Chargers may have lost a former first-round pick in Melvin Gordon this offseason but I still really like what the team has to offer at the running back position. Austin Ekeler is one of the most overlooked dual-threat running backs in the league and is going to be a massive component of the team adopting a more run-first style of offense.

Ekeler’s numbers likely will take a small hit just with a fewer number of targets in the passing game but he is still one of the most effective running backs in the league. Ekeler ranked eighth in the NFL last season in total yards from scrimmage and was one of just three players in the top 10 (Aaron Jones, Saquon Barkley) that had under 300 touches.

Justin Jackson is a very talented running back that has not fully lived up to the hype around his name but we have seen what he can do and if he can stay healthy he is going to be one of the best backup backs in the league.

And if not Jackson, the team has 2020 fourth-round pick Joshua Kelley, who was a workhorse over at UCLA and should be a great short-yardage option at worst with potential to be a workhorse in the NFL with Ekeler taking more of a presence in the passing game.

Regardless, the Chargers have three talented running backs who all bring different dynamics to the offense and are all talented in their own right.

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