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LA Chargers: Joshua Kelley made history in Week 1 against the Bengals

CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 13: Joshua Kelley #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 13: Joshua Kelley #27 of the Los Angeles Chargers runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Ryan Mathews, 2010

It seems like Ryan Mathews kind of gets forgotten about when it comes to Charger running backs. He was another back that was drafted in the first round by the team but was following up the greatest running back in franchise history. Mix that with the fact that he did not have a long career and it is easy to forget about Mathews.

However, to be fair to Mathews, he was really good when he was healthy with the Chargers. His stretch from 2011 to 2013 was probably the best stretch of any running back for the team over the decade as he averaged 72.7 rushing yards per game, 21.3 receiving yards per game and had 14 total touchdowns.

He started his NFL career off with a bang as well as he had a total of 80 yards from scrimmage against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2010. He carried the ball 20 times for 78 yards and added a two-yard reception into the mix as well.

However, like Gordon (and Tolbert), Mathews did not find the end-zone in his first career game with the Bolts. Mathews did not score a touchdown until his third career game, so Kelley also has the leg up on Mathews in that department as well.

The only other player on this list to find the end-zone is the number one player on this list, and it is no surprise considering who it was.

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