Austin Ekeler unfazed by potential quarterback draft picks: “That’s not my job”

After a fruitful tenure with the Los Angeles Chargers, Austin Ekeler is gearing up for a new chapter with the Washington Commanders. However, despite the looming NFL Draft, Ekeler isn’t losing sleep over who the franchise might select as their next quarterback.

In an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio, the new Chargers RB made it clear that he’s not investing time in studying potential quarterback prospects when asked if he had watched film on rookie quarterbacks.

“Heck, no. I ain’t got time to do the homework. That’s not my job, that’s not my job. I’ll leave that to the administration to do that. Whoever we end up picking, if that’s the route we choose to go, then I’ll do some homework then. But until they give me that person’s name, I ain’t even worried about it,” he said, per Bleacher Report.

With the Commanders holding the No. 2 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, there are multiple quarterback prospects, including Drake  Maye and Jayden Daniels, they could consider. 

Nevertheless, as a player, Ekeler thinks evaluating quarterback prospects isn’t his responsibility; rather, he is vying to showcase his prowess after getting vocal support from Brian Mitchell. 

Brian Mitchell sees hope in Austin Ekeler’ Commanders move

After facing contract negotiations turmoil with the Los Angeles Chargers last season, veteran running back Austin Ekeler found himself seeking a fresh start. Simultaneously, the Washington Commanders were in search of a resurgence after a challenging season. Eventually, Ekeler received a call from the Chargers and made the decision to join the Commanders.

Former Commanders player Brian Mitchell expressed his excitement about Ekeler’s arrival, considering it a positive move for both the running back and the team. 

“I can say finally they got somebody that can wear No. 30, and I won’t be pissed at,” Mitchell said.

As the Commanders prepare for the 2024 season, they enter their second season under Josh Harris’ ownership and the first under head coach Dan Quinn. Despite the changes in leadership, the new Commanders running back is optimistic about the team’s future and focused on contributing to the franchise’s revitalization. He is fully committed to laying the groundwork for success with the Commanders with the experience he has brought from his Chargers career.

Shabiha Akter

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