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LA Chargers: Five changes to make heading into the bye

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after losing 30-27 to the New Orleans Saints during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 12: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers walks off the field after losing 30-27 to the New Orleans Saints during their NFL game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Giving Justin Herbert more responsibility

The running game is a shell of what it was earlier in the season without Austin Ekeler, Bulaga, and Turner. Justin Jackson was decent enough on Monday night, but most of his 71 rushing yards did come on a 39-yard run.

For the rest of the game, his other 14 carries resulted in 32 yards. Joshua Kelley didn’t exactly get anything going either, averaging 2.6 yards per carry. Other than the Chiefs’ and Bengals’ games, he has underwhelmed.

Until the offense recovers from some of the previously mentioned injuries, Justin Herbert has shown that he is more than ready to bear a lot of the responsibility on offense. On some early downs, the Chargers should use some quick passes as opposed to running it up the gut with Jackson or Kelley.

Herbert has only thrown 35 times or more in a game once this season. That volume came against the Panthers when they were down two possessions for most of the second half. The Chargers shouldn’t overextend Herbert, but he’s clearly the prime catalyst on the offense right now.

In addition to throwing more on early downs, having some designed runs for Herbert would be interesting. We saw a small glimpse of that on a 5 yard rush against the Saints by the rookie after a fake handoff to Jackson. At Oregon, Herbert averaged 140 rushing yards per season.

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