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Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is most dangerous, and comfortable, in open space

The best passer rating when targeted this season (min. 40 targets): 1. Amari Cooper: 141.1 T-2. Austin Ekeler: 136.5 T-3. Tyler Lockett: 136.5 4. Adam Thielen: 136.3 5. Tyreek Hill: 125.8 6. Austin Hooper: 121.9 7. Aaron Jones: 121.7

Austin Ekeler and the Chargers will workout at the Air Force Academy this week

The Chiefs are the worst defense against running backs this season. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are going to be super busy next week.

NFL star Austin Ekeler reads and astounds with his strength — at the same time.

Chargers' Austin Ekeler Does 1-Armed Pull Ups While Reading a Book

Melvin Gordon returned three games ago. He's out-touched Austin Ekeler 45-38 during the span. LAC is 0-3 with losses to Joe Flacco, Devlin Hodges and Ryan Tannehill.

Austin Ekeler creates a touchdown on his fifth (FIFTH!!) touch.

Most yards per touch amongst RB this season (min. 50): 1. Dalvin Cook: 6.08 2. Matt Breida: 5.99 3. Miles Sanders: 5.97 4. David Johnson: 5.78 5. Austin Ekeler: 5.76 6. Christian McCaffrey: 5.70

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Most catches this season without a drop: 1. Michael Thomas: 53 2. Chris Godwin: 43 T-3. Austin Hooper: 42 T-3. Austin Ekeler: 42 5. Tyler Boyd: 40 6. Darren Waller: 37

Fantasy players who stashed Melvin Gordon to everyone with Austin Ekeler:

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn on Melvin Gordon's role: "He's our starter. No doubt. He was our starter for a reason... as soon as Melvin's ready, he'll go back. He'll go back to number one." Lynn did praise Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson's work and says they'll have a role still.

Austin Ekeler, who had 18 total touches for 154 yards and 3 TD today, will make $645,000 all season from the Chargers. Melvin Gordon will forfeit $329,705 for each game that he sits out this season.

➖ No D-I interest ➖ D-II wanted him as DB ➖ Western ColoradoUndrafted ➖ 26 RBs picked over him ➖ Replacing Melvin Inside the rise of Austin Ekeler:

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While the two sides exchanged proposals in recent days, there is mounting pessimism Chargers’ holdout Melvin Gordon will be reporting anytime soon and his holdout threatens to go into the regular season, per sources. Time to rely on Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, Detrez Newsome.

Chargers believe there’s a legitimate chance that three key injured players - WR Keenan Allen (hip), RBs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck) - all will be ready for Saturday night’s game vs. Ravens, per source.

The Chargers are not optimistic that running backs Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion) will be ready for Thursday's huge AFC West matchup at Kansas City, HC Anthony Lynn told me. Rookie RBs Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome likely to be the spot

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