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LA Chargers: Five takeaways from Hard Knocks episode 4

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4. Jump around

Austin Ekeler was also a star again this week as we saw him and the other running backs take on a rather interesting drill to show off their hops. The scene starts by showing off how difficult it was for Lynn to make the Broncos’ roster as an undrafted free agent. One of the drills that seemed to impact him was jumping drills.

Likely, this is a goal-line drill meant to get the running backs thinking about what they should do close to the goal line. When LaDainian Tomlinson was on the Chargers, we saw him leap into the end zone with ease. LT made everything look so easy. Ekeler, from an athleticism standpoint, was reminiscent of Tomlinson when doing this drill. He leaped over five tall bags to win the contest.

Of course, Ekeler has had some fumbling issues on the goal line, which showed at certain points last season. If he works on his strength though, that should be able to improve. We’ve seen how yolked he is now.

Justin Jackson was surprising. I knew he was athletic, but I didn’t necessarily tag him as someone with the ability to catch a lot of air. Since being a seventh-round pick in 2018 though, it seems like his athleticism has improved.

Bradwell seemed to stumble in this drill, but that has more or less been his whole training camp.