3. Joshua Kelley
Joshua Kelley was an interesting selection in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The LA Chargers had other needs and did not have a second nor a third-round pick after trading up to select Kenneth Murray. The team just really seemed to like him.
Kelley burst onto the scene with a fantastic game against the Cincinnati Bengals, rushing the ball 12 times for 60 yards and becoming the first Chargers running back to score a touchdown in his first career game since LaDainian Tomlinson.
Since then, though, he has not been all that great. While we usually give rookies a bit more leeway, it is imperative that Kelley steps up his game in the coming weeks until Austin Ekeler gets healthy. If he doesn’t, the running game may get stagnant and Justin Jackson may win out the RB2 job once Ekeler returns.
Kelley had two huge fumbles in Weeks 3 and 4, both of which contributed to the LA Chargers losing the game. The fumble against Carolina really was one of those fluke fumbles and the fumble in Week 4 happened after a botched hand-off and terrible blocking.
Those fumbles could at least be masked if Kelley was playing well but he really isn’t. Out of the 28 running backs in the NFL with at least 60 carries this season Kelley ranks dead last in yards per attempt, averaging 3.22 yards.
It is not all Kelley’s fault, but he does need to step it up.