3 Most Likely Austin Ekeler Replacements After Announced Departure

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3. Devin Singletary

Singletary is another RB2 who thrived in a limited role last season and potentially deserved a larger opportunity. After signing with the Houston Texans last offseason, Singletary started the season behind Dameon Pierce in the pecking order. However, after consistently outplaying him he became the primary rusher for the team.

The Texans weren't the most effective running team in the league. The running back rotation and the offensive line struggled to run the ball all season. Singletary's numbers also went down across the board, but he still managed to score four touchdowns and average 4.2 yards per carry.

In a more favorable offensive ecosystem, Singletary can find the success he found earlier in his career in Buffalo. He was a key piece in the Bills' offense as they made four straight postseasons, both as a rusher but also as a receiver. He was regularly deployed as a receiving threat as he averaged over 2 receptions and 15 yards per game in his four seasons in Buffalo.

As a dual threat, Singletary has a chance to replicate what Ekeler brought to the Chargers. He is obviously nowhere near the talent Ekeler is, but as part of a committee, maybe with another rookie running back, Singletary could help provide a similar level of production.

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