1. Jerick McKinnon
Jerick McKinnon was one of the free-agent running backs that we named to potentially backup Austin Ekeler in 2022. Two months ago it would have seemed like an outlandish suggestion for the Bolts to sign McKinnon but he showed that he still has value as a rotational back with great play on the Chiefs.
After not having much of a role in the offense all season, McKinnon's role was increased at the end of the regular season and into the playoffs. McKinnon went from someone who may have been on a practice squad next season to being someone that every team could add to the running back room.
In three playoff games with the Chiefs McKinnon carried the ball 34 times for 150 yards while catching 14 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. He averaged over 100 yards from scrimmage per game in the playoffs
Prior to this season, it appeared as if the Chargers needed a short-yardage back that could also operate in the red zone. That is why the team drafted backs like Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree. However, Ekeler proved that he is way better in short-yardage and in the red zone than we gave him credit for and now, the team could be looking for more of a shifty, dual-threat back to be behind Ekeler.
That is exactly what McKinnon is. He is not someone who is going to pound the rock between the tackles but the Chargers could get creative with how they use him, especially with Ekeler's ability as a receiving back as well in potential dual running back schemes.