2. Target Austin Ekeler more
We all already know that Austin Ekeler only had one reception in this game after being the second-best pass-catching back in the league last season. Technically, Ekeler did have three targets and catches, two of which were just backward passes so they counted as carries.
But still, Taylor has one of the best route-running backs in the league who is also one of the best with the ball in his hand after making the reception. He has to get Ekeler going more in the passing game as Ekeler will be a huge outlet for Taylor.
This is not all his fault. Part of the reason why Ekeler was not as involved was the offensive gameplan by Shane Steichen. Steichen did not run the best plays to utilize Taylor’s strengths, which includes passing in the backfield to Ekeler.
Part of the reason, though, goes back to the first thing on this list. Taylor was staring people downfield and not looking towards his outlet in Ekeler. Philip Rivers, as interception prone as he was, was really good at reading defenses and knowing when that outlet would be available.
Taylor did not make the proper reads nor the progressions to take the check-down pass to Ekeler when nothing else was open — he simply would throw the ball away.
This team will not be successful if they cannot get one of their best pass-catching weapons going and if the team is not successful then Taylor could lose the job.
To be fair, we are only one game in the books and it is extremely unfair to judge Taylor on one game of a sample size. However, for those that were expecting this level of play, they may have already seen enough.