Chargers' 3 biggest questions after minicamp that must be answered

If the Chargers want to reach their ceiling, they must answer these questions.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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The LA Chargers have completed OTAs and minicamp and are officially entering the slowest part of the NFL calendar. The players and coaching staff are taking their summer vacations until training camp ramps back up in August.

While not much goes on around the Chargers during the summer, there are still plenty of storylines to dissect before the team reconvenes for training camp. Most of the 2023 puzzle is put together but there are still some notable missing pieces.

More questions are bound to arise once the team gets back together and starts practicing but as it stands right now, there are three pressing questions surrounding the Chargers that the team must answer before the 2023 season.

1. What is the Chargers' plan behind Austin Ekeler?

After flirting with a trade during the spring, Austin Ekeler will return to the Chargers for one more year with a deal that now includes incentives. This will motivate Ekeler to continue producing at the same level, even if he called his final year in LA an "obligation".

All that being said, Ekeler is not guaranteed to play at the same level. Running backs regress quicker than any other position in the NFL and Ekeler is approaching the age of 30. Fans have already seen signs of regression in him as his ability to run between the tackles has really been hampered.

This makes it more pressing for the Chargers to figure out the rest of the running back room and that is easier said than done. There are a lot of unknowns behind Ekeler as the Bolts did not add any external help to bolster the depth of the running back room.

The team better hope that Joshua Kelley continues his upward trajectory or that Isaiah Spiller is actually NFL-ready in year two. If not, things could get ugly at the running back position.