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LA Chargers: 3 players who benefit from no preseason games

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Anthony Lynn
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers speaks to the media at the Indiana Convention Center on February 25, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) *** Local Capture *** Anthony Lynn
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(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Justin Jackson

The LA Chargers drafted a running back in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Joshua Kelley, to help the depth at the position after Melvin Gordon signed a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos.

The team did not have to replace Gordon as the RB1 as the front office also agreed to a contract extension with Austin Ekeler, cementing his place as the team’s legitimate RB1 after a really good season in 2019 where he was called upon more because of Gordon’s holdout.

Drafting Kelley was for more than just depth, though, as the team took a workhorse back out of UCLA that is meant to compete with Justin Jackson for the RB2 role.

Ekeler is great but we are yet to see him as an every-down primary ball-carrier and we know that he struggles on the ground in short-yardage and goalline situations. That is where the RB2 is going to spend most of its time and with a strong preseason, Kelley absolutely would have beaten Jackson out for the position.

Without a preseason, the Chargers are more likely to favor the guy that they already have in-house. Plus, Kelly has shown really promising signs, he just has not been able to stay healthy. Not playing any preseason games is going to help that cause as well.

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