One of the biggest flaws of the LA Chargers in 2023 has been the team's lack of a consistent running game. Part of the problem has been the offensive line, which has struggled to run block without Corey Linsley. But that is not the entire issue, as both Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley have failed to elevate the offense at all in 2023.
That was on full display in the Chargers' Week 13 win over the New England Patriots. If there was ever a game for the rushing attack to thrive it was against the Patriots in the wet, rainy conditions. Instead, Ekeler and Kelley combined for just 34 yards on 20 carries (1.7 yards per carry).
Both backs are free agents after the 2023 season and it is safe to say that there is going to be a changing of the guard at the position in 2024. To fully unlock this offense, the Chargers need to find the right running back to lead the charge next season. Here are some options.
Isaiah Spiller is the dark horse running back savior for the Chargers
We would be remiss if we did not mention Isaiah Spiller as least as a candidate to help lead the charge for the Bolts next season. The 2022 fourth-round pick was highly anticipated when he was initially drafted and has done next to nothing in the NFL.
While that is a concerning sign, GM Tom Telesco loves to draft developmental players that he knows will take 2-3 years to blossom into contributors in the mid-rounds of the draft. After all, Spiller was the youngest player in the entire 2022 draft class.
Spiller is far from the favorite to lead the Chargers next season and it would be malpractice if the Bolts leaned on him to be the RB1 next season. The team absolutely has to bring in other options as a fallback plan.
But there is a world in which Spiller finally makes the leap in year three and proves he is worthy of a tangible NFL workload. That should not be ruled out. But with that being unlikely, let's dive into the other four options; two of which are cheaper veterans and two are rookies that would have to be drafted