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If Gordon were to miss time, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson would be asked to pick up the slack in his place. Gordon had by far the most efficient year of his career last season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Gordon is also an asset in the passing game, and is likely looking for one huge payday before he’s deemed over the hill.

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Fresh off their first playoff appearance since 2013, the Chargers have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL entering the 2019 campaign. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers is at the helm of an explosive offense that can score from anywhere on the field, and the Bolts have a top-10 defense with playmakers at every level. The Chargers believe they have the talent to make a Super Bowl run, but keeping key impact players healthy for the duration of the season and securing home-field advantage in the playoffs will be crucial.

PFF ranks the top-10 quarterbacks entering the 2019 NFL season - PFF Analysis Team
Rivers very quietly earned one of the best single-season overall grades of his career last year, ranking seventh among qualifiers at 88.9. Despite working behind a struggling offensive line, Rivers was very accurate throwing to open targets and had some of the best ball placement in the NFL throwing underneath routes to a healthy Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

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Gordon is really, really good, one of the best at his position in the NFL. In what was a career year for the Los Angeles Chargers veteran, Gordon rushed for 940 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to an 88.7 rushing grade that ranked second among qualifiers in 2018. He also ranked tied for seventh in forced missed tackles per attempt (0.20) and tied for fifth in percentage of carries resulting in a touchdown or first down (26%). Even against loaded boxes with eight-plus defenders, Gordon was the only qualifying back to record a rushing grade above 80.0.

PFF ranks the top-10 wide receivers entering the 2019 NFL season - PFF Analysis Team
“An underrated aspect of Allen’s repertoire, his route-running skills are second to none at this stage of his career. Not only does he have a feel for coverages, but he also has an innate knack for reading when and where to make his breaks based upon the defenders he’s going to face. He’s just as routinely spotted jetting past overwhelmed linebackers as he is finding the soft spots in zone coverage in between defensive backs.”

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