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LA Chargers: 3 most overrated players by Charger fans

Oct 25, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) can't escape Los Angeles Chargers strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins (23) and free safety Desmond King (20) during the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) can't escape Los Angeles Chargers strong safety Rayshawn Jenkins (23) and free safety Desmond King (20) during the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Joshua Kelley

I absolutely am to blame for this as I wrote an article outlining the history that Joshua Kelley made in Week 1. He became the first Charger rookie to get a rushing touchdown in his first game since LaDainian Tomlinson. Any time you mention a player with LT, the expectations are going to shoot up.

To be fair, and this is where I need to make this distinction, being overrated does not mean that the player is a bad player. Kelley is not a bad running back, he is just suffering more learning curves than some fans realize and is not this ample replacement for Austin Ekeler (while he is injured) that some were expecting.

Kelley had a fantastic game in Week 1 against one of the worst run defenses in the league in the Cincinnati Bengals. Since then, he has not been great, at all.

Kelley has carried the ball 63 times for 172 yards with zero touchdowns since Week 1. He has caught 13 passes for 117 yards, which is promising.

However, he simply lacks the dynamism (right now) to be a legitimate threat at the running back position. He can eventually blossom into that role and probably will but he has not done much thus far to justify picking a running back in the fourth round when there were more pressing needs on the roster.

If you are a frequent reader of Bolt Beat then you have already heard this but there is one statistic that paints just how inefficient Kelley has been this season. Kelley ranks dead last in yards per carry (3.09) among the 27 NFL running backs with at least 70 rushing attempts this season.

Kelley’s average is helped by his 26-yard run on third and short from Week 1. If you take out that one long run, Kelley’s yards per carry falls to 2.78 yards.

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