The idea of the Chargers taking a running back in next month’s draft has been tossed around for the last few months. We know the team has a ton of faith in Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson but they recently utilized a running back by committee approach while Melvin Gordon held out to begin the year. Even when Gordon came back, three running backs were still used to some degree.
Since Anthony Lynn recently made it clear he “wants another guy in there” with Ekeler, we know there are going to be multiple bodies involved. If the coaching staff feels they are unable to put 100% trust into Jackson as that partner in crime to Ekeler thanks in part to his injury history, then they may feel inclined to spend a day two pick on another ball-carrier.
Most recently, Doug Farrar of USA Today reported that the Chargers were one of a number of teams to meet with Utah’s Zack Moss during a formal interview at the NFL combine.
Utah RB Zack Moss had formal combine interviews with the Rams, Packers, Chiefs, Bills, Chargers, Seahawks, Colts, Texans, Saints, Steelers, Cardinals, and Lions. Dolphins and Cardinals have requested private facility workouts. Ran a 4.65 40 on a strained hamstring. Pro day 3/26.— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) March 3, 2020
Moss is a stocky, well-built 5’9 and 223 pounds who most recently rushed for 1,416 yards and 15 touchdowns en route to being name a Third-Team All-American and First-Team All-Pac-12 honoree. He is also a threat in the passing game, catching 28 balls for 388 yards and another two touchdowns.
He’s a fan favorite in the draft community for his power behind his pads and his knack for always falling forward at the end of runs. I think he’d be a welcomed addition to the Chargers running back room and add another potent weapon to a an offense that may have to help carry a rookie signal-caller into 2020.