An undrafted free agent out of Western State, Ekeler forged a role as a passing-down back and occasional change-of-pace runner behind starter Melvin Gordon last year. Ekeler was remarkably efficient, averaging 7.3 yards per touch and scoring five touchdowns on 74 touches. In Week 10, he had 10-42-0 rushing and 5-77-2 receiving against the mighty Jacksonville defense. Tough and athletic, Ekeler earned respect as a rookie and should once again have a role with the Chargers in 2018.
The Chargers spent a seventh-round draft choice on Justin Jackson, who figures to cut into Ekelerís snaps. The 5-9, 200-pound Ekeler isnít going to see much work at the goal line and probably doesnít offer much rushing upside.
A strong candidate for third-down duties, Ekelerís usefulness figures to be limited to PPR leagues.