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LA Chargers: Ranking Justin Herbert's weapons by total Week 1 targets

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Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson: Seven combined targets from Justin Herbert

If Austin Ekeler was completely healthy then this number would be higher as the running back is going to be such a key part of the LA Chargers offensive identity this season.

However, Ekeler has not been practicing as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. Even if he plays in Week 1 he is likely going to be eased into action and won't be asked to do too much in the passing game.

For that reason, it seems like a lock that the running back duo of Ekeler and Jackson will not surpass seven combined targets unless the Chargers are completely pulling our leg and Ekeler comes out and gets targeted more than anyone.

If Ekeler does not play at all then I would expect Jackson to get 4-5 targets in the passing game with the other backs (who we gave zero) to get the other 2-3 targets. If Ekeler does play but is limited, I see there being a 5/2 split between him and Jackson.

Again, Herbert's overall targets are going to be a bit lower than last season in this game as the team eases into things. I am sure as the year goes along, and the team really starts to lean into passing the ball a ton, Herbert will have far more attempts.