LA Chargers: Backup running backs to target in free agency

By Chris Phillips
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(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

Pass Catchers – Strongly suited for receiving only

Duke Johnson (28) – Long thought to be a possible Ekeler if given the opportunity to lead a backfield, Johnson got that opportunity in four games with Houston. There is no Ekeler upside here. Johnson is still a good receiving back that can be lined up out like a wide receiver.

James White (29) – The ultimate receiving back. For most of his career, he was Tom Brady’s #2 receiving option in New England. He can still get it done as a receiver. But when he’s on the field everyone will know it’s a pass play.

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Jerick McKinnon (29) – After back-to-back years with terrible leg injuries, McKinnon was mostly healthy in 2020. In some games, he showed he can be a lead back. With his injury concerns, it’s best if he plays in a rotation.