We’re four games through the 2020 NFL season, which is quite crazy to think after there was a period during the offseason when we weren’t even sure if there would be a season, after all.
But here we are.
To celebrate the occasion, Pro Football Focus released an early rendition of the NFL’s All-Pro Team based off the first quarter of the season and there are is a trio of Chargers included. One is on the first-team while the other two are on the second-team.
First up is running back Austin Ekeler, who makes this team at the Flex position. Since he’s the only one with a blurb among the Chargers included, I’ll let author Sam Monson do the talking on this one.
“Sadly, an injury knocked Austin Ekeler out of this week’s game against Tampa Bay and will sideline him for a while, but he picked up where he left off before and has been one of the best all-around weapons in the league. Ekeler is one of two running backs in the league to have PFF grades of at least 75.0 as both a rusher and receiver, and he has been doing his work behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines. Ekeler has an elusive rating of 91.5 for the season, seventh-best in the NFL, and has been averaging 3.6 yards after contact per carry.”
Before he got injured, Ekeler had rushed for 248 yards and a score to go along with 144 receiving yards which he secured while catching all 17 of his targets through the air.
1. Austin Ekeler— Tyler Schoon (@tylerjschoon) September 30, 2020
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No one has been more consistent through three weeks than Austin Ekeler. The guy making about $6 mil/yr is THIRD in the NFL in all-purpose yards.
Your new No. 1 makes plays like THIS pic.twitter.com/r4AbOH6NjS
The second Bolt among the chosen few is wide receiver Keenan Allen. As of right now, Allen boasts an 83.8 overall grade with reception and yardage marks among the top 10 at his position. His 32 catches and 45 targets are both 3rd in the NFL while his 327 receiving yards are good for 10th.
There’s been no shortage of big-time catches by the Slayer this season, including his most-recent one against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Heck of a snag by Keenan Allen pic.twitter.com/AN126xLRiu— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 4, 2020
His connection with Justin Herbert has truly blossomed in such a short time and it only gets more exciting when you think about these two teaming up for the foreseeable future.
The third and final Chargers player on the team is probably going to be more of a surprise for everyone, and that’s because it’s defensive end Isaac Rochell. But he’s not on this list for anything you’d expect. It was actually his blocked kick against the Panthers that has rewarded him with one of the best special teams grades across the entire league.