LA Chargers training camp wish list: 3. Establish a hierarchy at the running back position
I have covered this before at Bolt Beat but the running back position is the one position that fans seem to be overlooking heading into 2021. Again, this does not mean that it is destined to be a disaster, but it certainly has disaster potential.
If Ekeler can remain healthy all season then that will cushion any sort of issues that the Chargers have. If he gets hurt it will be a true problem as it is the depth behind Ekeler that is worrisome.
No Charger fan should be able to look at the running back room today and say they are confident in the depth options behind Ekeler. Justin Jackson has shown flashes but is extremely injury-prone, Joshua Kelly was the worst running back in the league last season and Larry Rountree is an unproven rookie.
That second running back spot is truly up in the air. Jackson is the odds-on favorite right now but if Kelley can show immense improvement or Rountree is better than expected in year one then either guy could get the job.
The hope is that at least one of the players can emerge and confidently give the team a second running back option. Austin Ekeler utilized the preseason tremendously when he was brought in as an undrafted free agent and there has to be someone that takes advantage of this preseason in the same way.