“I’m pretty open about this when it comes to my workload. I can’t take all the reps for the entire season, I don’t think a lot of running backs can. Maybe (Tennessee Titans are back) Derrick Henry can do it, “Ekeler said.” But there has to be some balance. I am still able to produce during this period, but it is because I am available and in good health.
Ekeler also benefited from improved depth in the running back, which was lacking last season due to injuries and Melvin Gordon’s departure for Denver. Rookie Larry Rountree became a specialist in shorts and Justin Jackson was not injured.
Ekeler is also in good health after missing six games last season with a hamstring injury.
“You are starting the season with high expectations, and we are keeping most of the way living up to our expectations,” he said. “Just play well, compete and stick to the game plan. Make it work and win games. As long as we continue to have this formula, we will continue to have great confidence.”
Ekeler and the Chargers’ running game will face a tough test against Cleveland, who are second in the league in total defense and third against the run.
Ekeler said Los Angeles had a solid game plan against Washington’s defensive line in Game 1, as the offensive line largely kept Chase Young at bay. This week, the Chargers will face two edge rushers, Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.