NFL Running Back Workloads: Week 5
Mike Alexander takes a look at running back workloads from Week 5 of the NFL season and breaks down what it means going forward.
Melvin Gordon , RB LAC - It’s hard to tell how much of the Chargers RB rotation was planned versus required by a trailing game script. Gordon out rushed Austin Ekeler 12-3 but Ekeler played 14 more snaps and caught a ton of check-downs. My instinct is that the snaps start to favor Gordon slightly in a neutral situation but Ekeler gets work in line with 12-15 total touches.
Phillip Lindsay , RB DEN - The snap and touch distribution remain split with Royce Freeman but it’s clear Lindsay is the more efficient back by a wide margin. Lindsay’s floor is hard to trust in that timeshare but the coaching staff is realizing he’s the better back, if slowly.
Chase Edmonds , RB ARI - With David Johnson ’s back locking up Edmonds filled in well with a 8-68-1 line. He’d be a priority add should any news drop on Johnson but could also start seeing more work in an effort to preserve DJ. There’s some deep league appeal in a high paced offense.
Aaron Jones , RB GB - Would you look at that?...