LA Chargers’ important position battles of training camp: 4. Second running back
Justin Jackson vs. Joshua Kelley
The LA Chargers surprisingly took a running back in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and went with hometown kid, Joshua Kelley. It was expected that the Chargers would draft a running back to fill out the depth chart but it is safe to say that most fans expected it in the fifth or later rounds.
The Chargers seemed to really like Joshua Kelley and what he offers to the team so they jumped on him. He was a workhorse back at UCLA that will instantly be great in short-yardage situations for the team and could blossom into a serviceable high-volume back.
Across from him is another really talented running back in Justin Jackson. Charger fans first became familiar with Jackson in the team’s comeback win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018, where Jackson had an incredible second half to help motor the offense.
Jackson has shown really promising signs and has put together really good averages in the times that he has been on the field. The problem is that he has struggled in staying healthy, hence why running back depth was so important.
Personally, I think Jackson is a better fit for the traditional RB2 with Kelley sliding in as the short-yardage bruiser (Austin Ekeler is not particularly great at the goal line) but we will have to wait and see in training camp.