Cleveland Browns: 4 offensive players to watch on the Chargers
The Cleveland Browns defense will have another tough task this Sunday, can they stop the Los Angeles Chargers offense?
When the Cleveland Browns travel to SoFi Stadium, they will be met by another test in the early goings of the 2021 campaign. The Chargers have a loaded offense with playmakers all over.
Cleveland faced a similar offense in Week 4, and gave up 255 yards, with the defensive front dominating the line of scrimmage for the second week in a row.
Normally, this weekly post would highlight three to five players from the opposing team to watch, but this week is slightly tweaked. As aforementioned, the offense is stacked, so this post will be offensive players only.
If the Browns want to come back to Cleveland 1-0 for the week and win their fourth consecutive game getting them to 4-1, they will have to focus on slowing down these four players.
4. RB Austin Ekeler
Austin Ekeler is one of the biggest overachievers in the NFL, and that’s a compliment in every sense of the statement. The fourth-year running back went undrafted back in 2017, but signed with the Chargers as a free agent out of Division II Western Colorado.
When you think of who is in the discussion for best running back in the NFL, Ekeler might not be near the top of your list. While he isn’t quite at the level of guys like Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara, Nick Chubb, etc. he’s still one of the top backs in the game today.
Ekeler is a dual-threat back, who can get it done on the ground and through the air. If one of those aspects are taken away from the Chargers game plan, they can simply turn to him in the other.
Don’t let his 5-foot-10, 201-pound frame fool you as he is explosive and extremely good at running between the tackles. He is able to use his stature to his advantage and make the best defensive linemen look foolish.
If people were thinking Ekeler wasn’t having a great season, then Week 4 should put that to rest. Ekeler rushed for 117 yards and a score while also catching three passes for 28 yards and another score.
Luckily for the Brows, they only surrendered 66.5 yards per game on the ground.