Austin Ekeler

LA Chargers: Austin Ekeler and the five best pass-catching running backs

LA Chargers Austin Ekeler (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LA Chargers Austin Ekeler (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Austin Ekeler, LA Chargers

If anyone is a fan of the New England Patriots or New Orleans Saints and is reading this then they might just call it bias, but I legitimately do rank Austin Ekeler as the second-best pass-catching running back in the league heading into 2020.

There are multiple things (outside of the numbers) that make Ekeler the second-best heading into 2020. First is the 2019 season he had, which cannot be ignored.

There have been only three seasons since 2000 in which a running back had over 900 receiving yards. Ekeler has one of them with 993 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2020.

The second reason is just how good Ekeler is in the passing game. He is more than just a dump a run running back (which he also is really good at), as he is a great route-runner and can catch the ball in traffic like a wide receiver.

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That is why Ekeler had an 85.2% catch rate last season. The only person on this list with a better catch rate the last two seasons is number one.

Ekeler simply hasn’t got as many targets as the others on this list and still has insane numbers. He ranks seventh in the league in targets over the last two seasons (numbers 1-4 are the other four members of this list) yet ranks second in total receiving yards.

His 10.66 yards per reception is much higher than anyone else on this list and he also ranks second in receiving touchdowns and second in yards per game.

There is only one running back in the league that is a bigger threat in the passing game and it so happens to be the best running back in football.

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