There was a lot to digest after witnessing the Los Angeles Chargers season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Chargers squeezed out a 16-13 victory thanks to some great play from the defense who forced two turnovers, and the Bengals kicker Randy Bullock. Bullock missed a game-tying chip shot to force overtime.
The offense looked slow, but limiting turnovers was a huge focus for head coach Anthony Lynn this off-season and they executed that perfectly by not turning it over once.
Chargers fans must be wondering what we should expect more of following the season opener.
First and foremost, expect more touches (specifically receiving targets) for Austin Ekeler. Coach Lynn did confirm this was a focus going forward by mentioning “it’s still a priority to get (Austin) Ekeler touches moving forward.”
Lynn also pointed out the change of offensive style having some impact, noting that a lot of plays are rollout/design schemes for Tyrod Taylor to make plays outside of the pocket which can limit Ekeler’s reception opportunities. This type of play-calling is obviously not something that was made for former Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who was limited mobility wise. This new style of offense will take some time to adjust to but Chargers fans should not worry about Ekeler getting what the touches he needs.
What else should we expect? More carries for Joshua Kelley.
Despite Kelley being a 4th round pick, he has excelled in camp and showed that Sunday by scoring the Bolts only touchdown of the game. With Justin Jackson likely being out longer than expected with a quad injury, expect Joshua Kelley to burst onto the scene and make some noise.
Last but not least, watch out for rookie Kenneth Murray Jr. to take on a bigger role alongside Denzel Perryman. After Drue Tranquill broke his fibula early on, it is likely that a bigger load will be thrown on to Murray.
You will see a rotation of names such as Nick Vigil and Kyzir White but don’t rule out Malik Jefferson and/or Uchenna Nwosu seeing an increase of playing time at outside linebacker following the injury to Tranquill.
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