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  Chargers | QB excited to throw to Mike Williams    Fri Aug 7, 11:02 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams' ability to catch contested passes has QB Tyrod Taylor excited, and Taylor said that 50-50 balls are 'more like 70-30 or 80-20' balls when throwing to Williams.

Footballguys view: Taylor to Williams could be a thing in 2020...even though Taylor isn't known for filling the air with footballs. Taylor will compete with rookie first-round QB Justin Herbert for the starting job. Tossing the rock to Williams, especially near pay dirt, is a great way to win that spot.

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  Chargers | Damion Square passes physical    Fri Aug 7, 05:39 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DT Damion Square (undisclosed) passed his physical Friday, Aug. 7, and has been activated from Active/Non-Football Injury list.

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  Chargers | Quenton Meeks passes physical    Tue Aug 4, 06:27 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DB Quenton Meeks (illness) passed his physical Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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  Chargers | Quenton Meeks on NFI list    Mon Aug 3, 06:30 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Quenton Meeks (illness) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Illness list Monday, Aug. 3.

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  Chargers | Damion Square makes trip to NFL list    Sun Aug 2, 05:33 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DL Damion Square was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 2.

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  Chargers | LAC cuts six players    Sat Aug 1, 04:22 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DT PJ Johnson, OT Koda Martin, WR Andre Patton, TE Jared Rice, S Roderic Teamer and TE Andrew Vollert were waived Saturday, Aug. 1.

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  Chargers | Kenneth Murray inks rookie deal    Thu Jul 30, 05:47 PM

Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick LB Kenneth Murray officially signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, July 30. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

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  Chargers | Tyrod Taylor to open camp as starter    Wed Jul 29, 07:20 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor likely will be the No. 1 quarterback when practices start, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa agrees to huge extension    Tue Jul 28, 09:38 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa reportedly agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth $135 million on Tuesday, July 28. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter via sources, the contract includes $78 million guaranteed at signing and $102 million guaranteed overall.

Footballguys view: When healthy, Bosa is among the best pass-rushers in the league. He can win with strength, speed and a non-stop motor throughout the game. Bosa is a cornerstone piece of what the Chargers do on defense and that side of the ball could make them playoff contenders in 2020.

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  Chargers | GM expects Joey Bosa to report    Tue Jul 28, 12:14 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa is expected to report to the team and avoid a holdout, in the opinion of Chargers general manager Tom Telesco. 'Nobody's called me about anything,' Telesco said Monday, July 27, when asked if Bosa is expected to hold out.

Footballguys view: Bosa is entering the fifth and final season of his contract, but Telesco said there's nothing to share "contract-wise" at this point. Telesco continued to emphasize that he hasn't heard anything from Bosa's camp.

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  Chargers | Joey Bosa made QBs sweat on third down    Sun Jul 26, 11:10 PM

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa posted a pass-rush win rate of 29.3 percent on third down in 2019 - the third-best mark in the league - according to Pro Football Focus.

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  Chargers | Joshua Kelley reaches deal    Sun Jul 26, 03:06 PM

Los Angeles Chargers fourth-round draft choice RB Joshua Kelley agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Chargers Saturday, July 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Kelley could become the #2 back on the team in short order if Justin Jackson can't stay healthy. Even if Jackson does stay healthy, Kelley could be the goal line back and get on the redraft fantasy radar this year.

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  Chargers | Two rookie WRs sign deals    Sun Jul 26, 03:02 PM

Los Angeles Chargers fifth-round draft choice WR Joe Reed and seventh-round draft choice WR K.J. Hill signed four-year contracts with the Chargers Saturday, July 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Reed can be a viable WR/RB tweener and make the final roster with special teams contribution. Hill is an excellent route running slot receiver. The Chargers don't have much behind Mike Williams and Keenan Allen, so these are names to monitor in deep dynasty leagues.

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  Chargers | Justin Herbert officially signs    Sat Jul 25, 09:29 PM

Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert signed his rookie deal Saturday, July 25.

Footballguys view: Herbert should start this year, but Tyrod Taylor has a history of performing well with head coach Anthony Lynn and the rookie won't get in until the Chargers are out of contention.

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  Chargers | Justin Herbert close to agreement    Sat Jul 25, 04:30 PM

Los Angeles Chargers first-round draft choice QB Justin Herbert is close to an agreement on a four-year contract worth around $26.6 million, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Herbert has the size, athleticism and arm strength that teams covet. His big arm can stretch the field vertically and Herbert can make throws into tight windows that others can't. He's athletic enough to scramble for first downs if necessary and can work well on play-action passes. Herbert is set to compete for the starting job with Tyrod Taylor in training camp. He's easily the quarterback of the future for the Chargers.

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  Chargers | Alohi Gilman under contract    Wed Jul 22, 05:55 PM

Los Angeles Chargers sixth-round draft choice S Alohi Gilman signed a four-year contract with the Chargers Wednesday, July 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Keenan Allen in elite company    Sat Jul 18, 09:26 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen is one of four receivers with at least 300 catches and 3,500 yards since the start of the 2017 season.

Footballguys view: Allen's ADP has dropped significantly from last year, but he might too talented to hold down no matter the quarterback play or situation. He's falling to the 5th round in drafts, which will test your beliefs on talent vs situation.

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  Chargers | Two competing for RB2 with LAC    Thu Jul 16, 10:35 AM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Justin Jackson and fourth-round pick RB Joshua Kelley will compete for the second running back spot. The team is still high on Jackson, who averaged 5.1 yards per carry on 79 rushes, but he only played seven games due to injury last year.

Footballguys view: Jackson has proven that he can perform in the NFL, but he isn't as well suited for short yardage as Kelley and could still give way to the rookie on any goal line snaps that don't go to Austin Ekeler (which could be a lot of them). Jackson is the favorite to win the #2 job if he can stay healthy in camp, but if he gets hurt or misses time this year, Kelley could pass him and never look back. Either could be fantasy relevant with the Chargers looking to go more run heavy in the wake of the Philip Rivers era.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry unable to reach agreement    Wed Jul 15, 04:27 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry did not reach a long-term agreement with the Chargers before the July 15 deadline and will play under the one-year franchise tag tender offer.

Footballguys view: Henry will make 10.6 million this year. If he can stay healthy and produce this year, he'll get a 2021 contract like the four-year $44 million dollar deal fellow 2016 draftee Austin Hooper got from Cleveland this offseason.

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  Chargers | Roderic Teamer suspended    Mon Jul 13, 04:42 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Roderic Teamer has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse.

Footballguys view: Teamer actually started six games last year when Derwin James and Adrian Phillips were hurt. The team will look to sixth round pick Alohi Gilman to be the backup strong safety while Teamer is out.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry not expecting long-term deal    Fri Jul 10, 09:55 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry signed his $10.6 million franchise tender this spring, but he remains pessimistic about agreeing to a contract extension with the team less than five days before the July 15 deadline.

Footballguys view: Negotiations for long term deals have slowed down as the league expected lower revenues this year. The cap could be flat or even go down next year, so teams don't want to lock themselves into deals at the current rate. Henry needs to stay healthy this year to earn a long term contract in any event. He could be one of Tyrod Taylor's main targets as Taylor targeted Charles Clay frequently during his stint as the Bills quarterback.

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  Chargers | Austin Ekeler gets top receiving grade    Tue Jul 7, 06:45 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler's receiving grade of 94.2 over the last three seasons ranks No. 1 among all running backs, according to Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: Ekeler is one of the league's best weapons, especially when it comes to catching passes out of the backfield. With Melvin Gordon (Broncos) moving on in free agency, the Chargers backfield belongs to Ekeler. He's been the lead back before (when Gordon was banged up), averaging 99 yards from scrimmage and scoring 7 times over 7 games in the lead role. Ekeler is a low-end RB1 for Fantasy GMs with a current ADP of RB12 (2.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Mike Williams excels in small windows    Tue Jul 7, 04:08 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams ranked second in yards while catching 47 percent of tight-window throws sent in his direction in 2019.

Footballguys view: Williams knows how to use his large frame to keep smaller defenders away from the ball. He also has long arms and strong hands to reach out and snare passes that others might let get through their grasp. Williams should be a favorite target of Tyrod Taylor (or Justin Herbert) in 2020.

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  Chargers | Malik Jefferson to work inside    Wed Jul 1, 07:46 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Malik Jefferson will be used primarily at middle inside linebacker, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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  Chargers | Several options for LT job    Sun Jun 21, 02:46 PM

Los Angeles Chargers OT Sam Tevi, OT Trey Pipkins, OT Storm Norton and OG Forrest Lamp are expected to be candidates for the starting left tackle job during training camp.

Footballguys view: The Chargers traded away Russell Okung for Trai Turner in the offseason to bolster the running back, but the tackles are still in a bad way and the team chose to take Justin Herbert over an instant starter at tackle, then traded their second and third to get back in the first for a linebacker, Kenneth Murray of Oklahoma.

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  Chargers | No workout with Colin Kaepernick yet    Wed Jun 17, 07:50 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) is not scheduled to work out for the Los Angeles Chargers at this point, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Lynn said the team has not been in contact with Kaepernick.

Footballguys view: The Chargers head coach did admit that Kaepernick would be a great fit for what they do. However, they already have veteran Tyrod Taylor who could be the starter while rookie first-round pick Justin Herbert develops.

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  Chargers | Colin Kaepernick a standby option for LAC?    Wed Jun 17, 01:13 PM

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters he is happy with the team's three quarterbacks when asked about possibly signing free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick. 'Definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system we're going to be running,' Lynn said. Kaepernick and Lynn haven't spoken, but the quarterback appears to be on the team's emergency list, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Footballguys view: The Chargers have Tyrod Taylor as the starting quarterback...at least he should be able to hold off 2020 first-round pick Justin Herbert in training camp. The offense is going to feature bootlegs and rollouts which Kaepernick ran in the offense with the 49ers years ago. The Chargers are a team who could make the postseason and turn some heads in the playoffs.

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  Chargers | Derwin James open to moving around    Mon Jun 15, 04:13 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Derwin James said he is open to moving around to different defensive positions this upcoming season. 'I'm comfortable at linebacker, comfortable in the slot, comfortable man everywhere on that field,' James said. 'So it don't really matter to me.'

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  Chargers | Desmond King may receive bigger role    Mon Jun 15, 04:12 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Desmond King could be used at multiple positions this upcoming season, according to defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

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  Chargers | Five to compete for No. 3 WR job    Wed Jun 10, 07:10 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WRs K.J. Hill, Andre Patton, Jason Moore, Darius Jennings and Joe Reed will compete for the No. 3 wide receiver job during training camp.

Footballguys view: The Chargers are set with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams at the top of the depth chart. The battle for the pecking order behind them will take place in training camp. Reed is a player with a ton of speed and is a rookie to keep an eye on in deep dynasty formats.

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  Chargers | Alohi Gilman may make roster    Mon Jun 8, 06:32 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Alohi Gilman has a decent chance to make the final roster, but he likely will only be used on special teams.

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  Chargers | Roderic Teamer likely to make team    Mon Jun 8, 06:27 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Roderic Teamer should be able to make the final roster, in the opinion of ChargersWire's Gavino Borquez. He likely will primarily be used on special teams but could also be used in the dime package.

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  Chargers | Mike Davis to be pushed for job    Sun Jun 7, 01:56 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Mike A. Davis is expected to be pushed by CB Brandon Facyson for one of the starting cornerback jobs during training camp.

Footballguys view: Facyson was an easy target for opposing quarterbacks last year, so if he can beat out Davis, that's probably a bad thing for Chargers.

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  Chargers | Chris Harris expected to be slot CB    Sun Jun 7, 01:43 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr. is expected to be used primarily as the slot cornerback this upcoming season even though can play outside cornerback and safety as well.

Footballguys view: Desmond King was previously in the slot for the Chargers and he played well, so there could be a trade market there since the Chargers like their starters outside, Casey Hayward and Michael Davis.

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  Chargers | Nick Vigil may be used in coverage    Thu Jun 4, 05:37 PM

Los Angeles Chargers LB Nick Vigil may be on the field for obvious passing downs this upcoming season because he has played well in coverage during his career.

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  Chargers | Darius Jennings may be returner    Thu Jun 4, 05:36 PM

Los Angeles Chargers WR Darius Jennings is expected to compete for the kick returner job during training camp.

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  Chargers | Justin Herbert will compete    Thu Jun 4, 10:27 AM

Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick QB Justin Herbert is expected to compete for the starting job with QB Tyrod Taylor, according to quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton.

Footballguys view: Herbert is the quarterback of the future but he may have to wait for his chance to start. Taylor is a seasoned veteran quarterback and the team can win a lot of games with him as the starter. We'll see if Herbert can unseat the veteran in training camp and the preseason.

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  Chargers | Damion Square officially back with Bolts    Tue Jun 2, 05:45 PM

Updating a previous story, free-agent DT Damion Square (Chargers) officially signed an undisclosed deal with the Los Angeles Chargers Tuesday, June 2.

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  Chargers | Damion Square returning to LAC    Mon Jun 1, 06:42 PM

Free-agent DT Damion Square (Chargers) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers Monday, June 1, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | Joe Reed likely to be a gadget    Thu May 28, 09:14 AM

Los Angeles Chargers fifth-round pick WR Joe Reed is expected to be used as a gadget player lining up in the slot, out wide and in the backfield. Reed forced 15 missed tackles on 77 receptions last year at Virginia, per Pro Football Focus.

Footballguys view: Watching Reed in college at Virginia was fun. At 225 pounds, Reed plays like a smaller man with quickness and explosion that make him a playmaker on the football field. He played 405 snaps out of the slot in 2019 and 193 snaps out wide. Reed has speed and can be moved around the formation but he is far from polished as a route runner. We'll monitor him in dynasty formats.

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  Chargers | Chris Harris learning multiple positions    Wed May 27, 07:34 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr. said he has been learning both the outside cornerback spot as well as the nickel back position during offseason meetings.

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  Chargers | Hunter Henry still hoping for extension    Sun May 24, 10:16 AM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry said that he is 'fine' playing under the franchise tag for the 2020 season, although he would still like to agree to a long-term contract extension with the team. Henry said that contract talks have already taken place, although there have been no recent discussions.

Footballguys view: Henry has signed his tender, so he's under a one-year, $10.6 million contract for the 2020 season. He's incredibly talented but has trouble staying healthy. We'll see how his injury history plays into contract negotiations. The NFL deadline for players with franchise tags to sign long-term deals is July 15.

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  Chargers | Henry Henry among metric's elite    Sat May 23, 02:38 PM

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry ranked seventh among all pass-catchers in 2019 with a plus-8.4 percent catch rate above expectation.

Footballguys view: Henry is an outstanding tight end and can make plays others can't. Injuries are his only concern as a pro. If Henry is healthy, he can easily be a top-5 fantasy tight end. Henry has a current ADP of TE8 (7.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Chargers | Chris Harris Jr. dropping off a bit?    Wed May 20, 08:50 PM

Los Angeles Chargers CB Chris Harris Jr. allowed 10.5 yards per target and a 61.7 completion percentage to receivers in his coverage as a member of the Denver Broncos in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. The former mark was his highest since at least 2015 and the most surrendered by any defensive back targeted at least 60 times last season. The latter mark was a slight drop from 62.5 percent in 2018.

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  Chargers | Ryan Groy rejoins Chargers    Wed May 20, 04:36 PM

Free-agent OG Ryan Groy (Chargers) re-signed with the Los Angeles Chargers Wednesday, May 20. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Chargers | LAC considered adding Cam Newton    Mon May 18, 03:11 PM

Free-agent QB Cam Newton (Panthers) was considered by the Los Angeles Chargers, but head coach Anthony Lynn said the team is confident in QBs Tyrod Taylor and Justin Herbert.

Footballguys view: The Chargers have a strong roster built on both sides of the ball, and they can win a lot of games with a quarterback like Tyrod Taylor. They'll see 2020 first-round pick Justin Herbert work as a developmental quarterback and perhaps franchise quarterback for the future. Newton is waiting for a chance with a new team but he might have to wait until someone gets hurt in camp or the preseason.

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  Chargers | Rayshawn Jenkins may be starter in 2020    Sat May 16, 07:50 PM

Los Angeles Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins appears to be the leading candidate for the starting safety job opposite FS Derwin James, in the opinion of NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.

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  Chargers | Mike Pouncey injury update    Wed May 13, 02:07 PM

Los Angeles Chargers C Mike Pouncey (neck) said he has been cleared to play again after recovering from neck surgery. While still rehabbing the surgery, he is training normally and plans to be at full speed when players are allowed back on the field.

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  Chargers | Tyrod Taylor to start all season?    Tue May 12, 03:50 PM

Los Angeles Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor will hold onto the starting job for the entirety of the 2020 season, according to Michael Silver of NFL Network Tuesday, May 12.

Footballguys view: Taylor could certainly do just that to let 2020 first-round pick Justin Herbert develop. We've seen Taylor start plenty of games in his NFL career. He's athletic, has a strong arm and will generally be careful with the ball. With the Chargers elite defense, that type of QB style could be enough to win a lot of games. In fact, don't be surprised if the Chargers make a run at a Wild Card spot in 2020. Herbert is clearly the future, but the team would have to struggle (Taylor specifically) for them to make a change right away.

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  Chargers | Austin Ekeler hard to handle last season    Mon May 11, 10:46 PM

Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler averaged a broken tackle on 25.8 percent of his 132 rush attempts in 2019, according to Sports Info Solutions. The mark was the highest among all backs with at 100 carries.

Footballguys view: Ekeler doesn't break tackles with incredible power but instead gets through tackles with a low center of gravity and leg drive. He's tough to get a handle on and you can see that on film. The advanced data backs that up obviously.

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