LA Chargers: Players who could be hurt the most by a virtual offseason

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(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) – LA Chargers /

LA Chargers hurt the most by a virtual offseason: Joshua Kelley

The rookie class of 2020 is entering the league in the most unique situation possible and are getting robbed of the rookie experience and learning curve that every single rookie in NFL history had before them.

But, at the end of the day, they are still playing the game that they love and are now in the NFL, so I guarantee that nobody is complaining.

It does still have an impact on potential roles heading into the 2020 season and out of any of the rookies that the Chargers selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, I think it will affect Joshua Kelley the most.

Kelley was selected in the fourth round to join the running back room consisting of Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Heading into the draft, it appeared as if the team was only looking to get a chance of pace back that would be third on the team in carries.

However, with how high the team selected Kelley and based on his profile from college (a workhorse back), it appears as if the team has more in mind for Kelley to be the traditional number two back behind Ekeler.

Jackson is talented, but he has struggled with injuries and we have not really seen him put it all together in an extended period of time. If Kelley had a great training camp and a solid preseason then he absolutely would have won the second running back gig.

Of course, if that does not happen, the Chargers are more likely to give more carries right away to the player they know and are already familiar with in Jackson.