Chargers: Where do LA’s top offensive weapons rank among rest of NFL?
By Devon Auriemma
How do the Chargers’ top offensive weapons rank when looking at the rest of the NFL entering 2020?
With running back Melvin Gordon and quarterback Philip Rivers leaving the Los Angeles Chargers during the offseason, the 2020 offense will be very different going forward.
Tyrod Taylor is slated to be the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1 but could be overtaken by a rookie quarterback, Justin Herbert, whom Los Angeles selected with its top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert is clearly the future, yet it’s still uncertain whether or not he’ll be given the reins right away this season, leaving Taylor in a spot to at least begin the year under center.
The Chargers were able to re-sign running back Austin Ekeler to a four-year, $24.5 million extension this offseason, and he will be the team’s starting running back after a breakout 2019 campaign that included 1,550 total yards from scrimmage, while fellow tailbacks Justin Jackson and the rookie, Joshua Kelley split carries.
The receiving group will be headlined by pass catchers Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry, which has been the case for the past few seasons, but who knows how things will shake out with a new quarterback under center. All three could see their 2019 numbers take a serious hit without Rivers’ arm power being a factor, and it’s questionable at best to assume both Allen and Williams reach the 1,000-yard plateau again after doing so last season.
That said, L.A. has a potent array of offensive weapons this season.
So where do the Chargers starting running back, top wide receiver and starting tight end rank among the rest of the league entering 2020?