Austin Ekeler

LA Chargers: Ranking the AFC West running back rooms

Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler
Dec 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler / Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28)
Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

1. Las Vegas Raiders — Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake, Jalen Richard, Theo Riddick

Yes, the Las Vegas Raiders have the best running back room in the AFC West. The Raiders easily have the best depth at the position while also having a legitimate RB1 that is Pro Bowl worthy.

Ekeler is more versatile than Josh Jacobs and I would not even be shocked if Edwards-Helaire has a better season from a numbers standpoint. However, that would be because of the depth of the position and the snaps he will now be sharing.

The Raiders have partnered the two-time Pro Bowler (in two seasons) with Kenyan Drake, who is easily the best RB2 in the division. Drake has posted over 1,700 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

Drake is one of just eight players in the NFL to have 1,700 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns over the last two seasons. One of the other seven running backs is Josh Jacobs.

It is easy to not feel great about Drake if he is the RB1 but as the second running back, he is overqualified.

Jalen Richard has averaged over five yards per carry in the limited carries in his career and Theo Riddick is a solid fourth option that is a threat in the passing game.

The Raiders may not have the best running back in the division, but from top to bottom, they certainly have the best running back room.

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