Ballage carried 16 times for 44 yards and caught seven of nine targets for 27 yards during Sunday's 34-28 win over the Jets.
Despite his team leading for much of the day and having plenty of success in the passing game, Ballage averaged just 2.8 yards per carry. He finished second on the team in targets and receptions but did little with his touches in that phase of the game as well. Although the results were lackluster, Ballage now has at least 70 scrimmage yards in all three of his games with the Chargers and will be the team's main runner for as long as Austin Ekeler (hamstring/knee) is sidelined. The latter seemingly has a chance to return next Sunday against the Bills, but it remains to be seen how the touches are distributed if he does play.
Coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that Ballage will most likely serve as the Chargers' "primary back" heading into Sunday's game against the Jets, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Lynn also said that he wants to scheme more looks for Ballage, even though the third-yard back already saw an ample workload in last week's loss to the Dolphins, when he handled 23 touches and surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage. Though he currently sits atop the depth chart, Ballage's reign as the No. 1 back will likely only last as long as Austin Ekeler (hamstring/knee) remains on injured reserve. The Chargers are tentatively hoping that Ekeler can make it back from IR for a Week 12 game in Buffalo, but even if that's the case, Ballage could still see plenty of use in a complementary role.
Ballage carried the ball 18 times for 68 yards and also tallied five receptions for 34 yards in the 29-21 loss Sunday to the Dolphins.
That's now back-to-back weeks Ballage has acted as the feature back for the Chargers, and this time Week 8 leading rusher Troymaine Pope (neck) was active. At this point it's safe to assume Ballage has surpassed Joshua Kelley and Pope on the team's running-back hierarchy, and it's possible the former Dolphin could remain a part of the team's plans once Austin Ekeler (hamstring) returns, which could be as soon as Week 12 against the Bills. In the immediate future, Ballage figures to be the prime back in another revenge game, this time against the Jets next Sunday.
The Chargers promoted Ballage to the active roster Saturday.
Ballage made his Chargers debut last week and immediately received an increased workload with Justin Jackson (knee) exiting early, and he took advantage of the opportunity, recording 84 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 17 touches. Jackson's now on IR, too, so Ballage, Joshua Kelley and Troymaine Pope (neck) will round out the backfield committee for Sunday's game versus Miami. The Chargers likely will take a "hot hand" approach, so Ballage should have a chance to prove that last week wasn't a fluke.
Ballage will be elevated to the Chargers' active roster for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, per coach Anthony Lynn, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Ballage took on a leading role in his Chargers debut after Justin jackson hurt his knee early last week against Vegas, finishing with 84 scrimmage yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and two catches. While Jackson (knee) has been ruled out against Miami, the Chargers could get back Troymaine Pope (neck), who would provide additional competition for snaps at running back along with rookie Joshua Kelley. Kelley played more snaps than Ballage last week but failed to find much running room. Pope -- who is questionable -- will likely take on an important role if he plays, but Ballage could end up grabbing the majority of the work over Kelley if Los Angeles' backfield comes down to just the practice squad call-up and the struggling rookie again.
Ballage reverted to the Chargers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Ballage was elevated to Los Angeles' active roster Saturday, ultimately accumulating 84 scrimmage yards, two receptions and one touchdown against the Raiders as Justin Jackson (knee) exited the game in the first quarter due to a knee injury. With 4.6 yards per carry in his Chargers debut and a workload of 15 rush attempts, it's hard to imagine Ballage not getting another chance with the active roster. If Troymaine Pope (concussion) remains inactive for a second straight game when the Chargers travel to Miami next Sunday, Ballage would surely be in line for another audition.
Ballage carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown while also securing two of his three targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 31-26 loss to the Raiders.
Ballage was elevated from the practice squad Saturday and yet somehow led the team in rushing. Part of that was due to injuries as Troymaine Pope (concussion) was ultimately ruled inactive before the game and Justin Jackson (knee) was banged up early in the first quarter. It's clear the Chargers have essentially reduced Joshua Kelley to a part-time capacity, but it's unclear how the backfield would shake out if the likes of Ballage, Pope and Jackson were all healthy. Austin Ekeler (hamstring) still remains the obvious starter once he's able to return, although it's presently unclear when he might be eventually activated off injured reserve.
The Chargers elevated Ballage to the active roster Saturday.
Ballage has served on the Chargers' practice squad for nearly a month, and he'll finally be activated because Troymaine Pope (concussion) is considered doubtful. Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley are expected to handle a bulk of the backfield reps, but considering Pope logged a 29 percent snap share and 15 touches last week, there's likely some work available for Ballage.
Ballage signed to the Chargers' practice squad Friday.
The 24-year-old was cut by the Jets at the start of the week after an ugly showing in Week 4, but he'll now make his way to the Chargers. Ballage has a legitimate chance of being promoted at some point since Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is on injured reserve and Joshua Kelley and Justin Jackson are the only remaining running backs on the roster.
The Jets cut Ballage on Monday.
Ballage made a handful of costly mistakes during last Thursday's loss to the Broncos, including a badly missed blocking assignment in the first half and a poor decision to stop ahead of the first-down marker just before the two-minute warning. His departure also is a likely hint that Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) could be activated off IR for Week 5.
Ballage didn't record a carry and caught two of three targets for 11 yards in Thursday's 37-28 loss to the Broncos.
Coach Adam Gase views Ballage as New York's best pass-catching option out of the backfield even though Ballage hasn't done much to earn that trust. He completely whiffed on his blocking assignment in pass protection in the first quarter but was bailed out when Sam Darnold broke out of a would-be sack and took off for a spectacular 46-yard rushing touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Ballage had just one man to beat for a first down with the Jets driving for a go-ahead field goal just before the two-minute warning, but he opted to trot out of bounds three yards before the marker, and the Jets went on to turn the ball over on downs. Despite those errors, Ballage will likely continue to see the field in passing situations as long as Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) remains sidelined.
Ballage rushed for eight yards on two carries and caught all five of his targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 36-7 loss to the Colts.
With the Jets playing from behind most of the game, Ballage saw extra work as a receiving option for Sam Darnold and ended up leading the Jets in receptions while tying Chris Hogan in targets. With Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) not eligible to come off IR until Week 5, Ballage could continue to be the team's top passing-down back, although that role isn't likely to lead to consistent production in one of the NFL's weakest offenses.
Ballage (ribs) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv reports.
Ballage upgraded to a full practice after a pair of limited sessions, clearing him for the trip to Indianapolis. The third-string running back is unlikely to see the field much, though the Jets will need to get creative with their personnel groupings as the team could be down to as few as two healthy wide receivers.
Ballage (ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
The Jets didn't have any of the three backs on their active roster available for full work Thursday, as starter Frank Gore received a veteran's day off, while Ballage and La'Mical Perine (ankle) both had their reps capped. So long as Ballage is able to upgrade to full participation Friday, he'll stand a good chance at avoiding an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Colts. In his Jets debut Week 2 versus the 49ers, Ballage played eight offensive snaps, carrying once for five yards and reeling in both of his targets for 12 yards.
Ballage (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.
Ballage got three touches in his Jets debut last week, but he apparently picked up a rib injury in that one, joining New York's lengthy injury report. Even if he suits up against the Colts on Sunday, Ballage is unlikely to play a significant role.
Ballage rushed once for five yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers.
Ballage was used sparingly after being signed by New York earlier this week. Even with all of the Jets' injuries, Ballage is unlikely to take on a significant role in Week 3 against the Colts.
The Jets signed Ballage (hamstring) on Tuesday.
The Jets previously attempted to acquire Ballage from the Dolphins in late August, but the trade was voided after the running back failed his physical due to a hamstring injury. Miami later released Ballage, freeing him up to join New York now that he's seemingly healthy again. Ballage will step in to provide a healthy body behind Frank Gore, who now sits atop the Jets' backfield depth chart after Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Rookie La'Mical Perine (ankle) -- when healthy -- also looms as a challenger for reps behind Gore, while practice-squad back Josh Adams could also be promoted to the active roster ahead of the Jets' Week 2 game against the 49ers. Even if Ballage emerges as the top complement to Gore this weekend, the 2018 fourth-round pick did little during his time with Miami to get excited about his prospects. Over his two seasons with the Dolphins, Ballage averaged 3.0 yards per carry on 110 attempts and hauled in 23 of 35 targets for 3.4 YPT.
Ballage (hamstring) and the Dolphins agreed to an injury settlment Saturday, Safid Deen and Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Ballage, who had his trade to the Jets nullified after failing his physical due to a hamstring injury, will now be able to hit the open market. The 24-year-old saw action in 12 games with the Dolphins in 2019, carrying the ball 74 times for just 135 yards and three scores. He'll look to get healthy and find a depth role elsewhere around the league.
Ballage has reverted back to the Dolphins after a hamstring injury led to a failed physical that nullified his trade to the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The report notes that Ballage likely will be released and could later sign with the Jets. The trade was merely for a conditional late-round pick, one that may have depended on Ballage actually playing snaps for the Jets. It isn't clear the 2018 fourth-round pick will have a role with an NFL club this year.
The Dolphins plan to send Ballage to the Jets in exchange for a conditional late-round draft pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Per the report, the Dolphins had planned to release Ballage, but the Jets made a subsequent offer and now the running back is poised to join a backfield that already includes Le'Veon Bell, Frank Gore and La'Mical Perine. In that context, there's not a clear path to carries for Ballage, but he is at least a player who coach Adam Gase is familiar with from the time the two worked together in Miami in 2018.
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