Austin Ekeler: “I can see myself running the ball more, I can see myself doing it all”

Austin Ekeler: “I can see myself running the ball more, I can see myself doing it all”

Draft Austin Ekeler. That’s it, that’s the piece.

The Los Angeles Chargers running back has been one of the most talked about figures in both the real world and the fantasy football world this off-season.

With Melvin Gordon moving on to the Denver Broncos, the number one spot has become firmly that of Ekeler’s in Los Angeles and the 25-year-old is relishing the opportunity that has presented itself.

To date, in his three seasons in the NFL, the Colorado born running-back has never had a year in which his rushing yards out-weigh that of his receiving but he remains open to what the year ahead could bring.

Speaking to the UKPigskin podcast, Ekeler said: “I can see myself having more receiving yards just because I feel like as far as a player and a play-maker, I’m better when I get out in space, when I have check downs and things like that.

“I feel it’s where I’m more effective, I’m not saying I’m not effective running the ball but it has been my tendency to be more effective out in space and catching check-downs or deep routes or whatever routes but yeah I can see that happening.

“It has been a trend like you said but for me going into every season I just look on building on the last year.

“I build off the last year and so I’m looking to build off of the last year again and so I’m trying to bump up all those numbers.

“It’s not like I’m thinking ‘these are the numbers I want to hit’ it’s nothing like that, but as far as my efficiency, it’s, ‘can I be more efficient?’ ‘can I be more effective than last year?’ and so that’s what I’ve been able to do and I’ve kept progressing through my career.

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“Now I find myself in a position where I have a little more spotlight on me and a little more trust from the offence and the head coach.

“I can see myself running the ball more, I can see myself doing it all, honestly, I just know I’m going to have the ball in different situations.”

The full interview with Austin Ekeler is available now via all good streaming platforms and via YouTube as a visual below.