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Chargers’ Austin Ekeler offers his most important advice to LA starting quarterback

Austin Ekeler, Tyrod Taylor, Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers don’t know who their starting quarterback will be come Week 1 of 2020. All they know for sure is that it won’t be Philip Rivers for the first time in 15 years.

The Chargers have some options. Right now, Tyrod Taylor is penciled in as the starter. But they can always turn to someone like Cam Newton or Jameis Winston if they don’t entirely trust Taylor.

Regardless, running back Austin Ekeler only has one requirement for whomever Los Angeles’ signal-caller will be:

“The most important thing is that you’re levelheaded and willing not to treat us like lesser human beings who don’t get paid as much as you,” Ekeler said on CBS Sports Radio.

And while most don’t think Taylor is a starting quarterback in the NFL, Ekeler raved about him:

“He’s just one of the smarter players in the league,” Ekeler said. “This man, like, was literally the first one in the locker room every day. Like every morning, you see Tyrod’s there before everyone else. Maybe he’s just a freak morning person, but he’s super-dedicated to the game. Even taking a backup role last year behind Philip, [Taylor] was still in the game, and that’s what I think is gonna give us a chance.”

No matter who takes over under center for the Bolts, it will certainly be a changing of the guard, as Rivers had been the starting quarterback since 2006.

Luckily for the new signal-caller (whomever that is), the Chargers have a plethora of weapons, ranging from wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams to tight end Hunter Henry to Ekeler himself.

Los Angeles was expected by many to be a Super Bowl contender going into 2019, but they went just 5-11.