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Jacksonville vs. Chargers
I don't know if his recent foot and knee issues have anything to do with it, but Melvin Gordon does not look good. I'm skeptical that he's running faster than a 4.65 right now – he absolutely is one of the slowest running backs with regular playing time at the moment. If you can still sell, I say do it. I have no idea what Austin Ekeler might be – he was off my radar as a prospect and you all probably know him as well as me at this point – but it's safe to say he was the better player as of Sunday. Again, I don't know whether health has something to do with that, but it is in any case the reality for now.
Travis Benjamin got Telvin Smith in coverage on a second quarter play and of course got open, but Rivers was way off the mark on the ensuing end-zone target. He can still heave the ball some significant distance, but no longer with much accuracy. That he's functional only on short throws means only Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry can project for any reliable usage the rest of the way, no matter how much Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, and Mike Williams might get open. What a pointless draft pick Mike was, by the way. Good prospect, but his only avenue of contribution is to cannibalize the snaps of other and (in the meantime, anyway) better wideouts.
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