2. Austin Ekeler
Austin Ekeler was another player in Week 1 that did not get the kind of targets that he is used to getting on this team. While he ran the ball 19 times for 84 yards, the Chargers did not get that creative with him and instead were simply running him in-between the tackles.
Ekeler had a fine game. It was a quiet 84 yards and it is comforting to know that even in a quiet game he can pick up 80+ yards on the ground on 20 or so carries. Where Charger fans took exception was his lack of involvement in the passing game.
Ekeler only had one target and reception in Week 1, although he did have two backward passes that were counted as carries instead of receptions. This was very surprising considering Ekeler cemented himself as the second-best receiving back in the league last season.
Again: the optimistic hope is that the offense just did not want to show too much of the gameplan ahead of this week and we will start to see the Chargers get a bit more creative with Ekeler in the passing game.
I think that will happen. While the Chargers are going to need to score points to keep up, the heart and soul of this offense starts with the running game and getting Ekeler going early, especially on first and second down, is going to pay huge dividends for the offense.
Maybe I am just hopeful because he is on my fantasy team, but I am expected a combined 150 yards from scrimmage and at least one touchdown in this game for Ekeler.