Greatest one-hit wonders in Chargers history: 1. Lionel James
Lionel James may not be a name that many fans are familiar with as it is easy to forget about his time with the team. That is because outside of his one elite season with the Bolts, James really didn't do much and was a forgettable member of the offense.
James was drafted by the Chargers in the fifth round of the 1984 NFL Draft and his NFL career lasted just five seasons (all of which came with the Chargers). Injuries ultimately derailed James' career, which is a big reason why he only had one great season to show for it.
The dual-threat running back had an Austin Ekeler-like season in 1985 when he finished with 86 receptions for 1,027 yards. As versatile as Ekeler is, even he has never finished with 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.
James finished that season with 1,543 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns and he did it in only 191 touches. He and Lance Alworth are the only players in franchise history to finish with over 1,500 yards from scrimmage with fewer than 200 touches. He is one of just three running backs in NFL history to accomplish such a feat. Both of the other instances came before 1960.
This was literally a historic season for James that was mixed into a rather pedestrian career. James never reached 700 yards from scrimmage in any other season of his career. In the three years following 1985, James had fewer combined yards from scrimmage with 1,476.