Joshua Kelley has been really poor this season and every week we are reminded that the LA Chargers made a mistake by selecting a running back in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It is nothing against Kelley, but the Chargers needed a better pick with that selection after not having a second or third-round pick.
Not only has Kelley not been great but the Chargers have gotten standout performances from unlikely sources. Troymaine Pope had a fantastic game against the Denver Broncos and Kalen Ballage has really stepped up over the last three weeks.
Meanwhile, Kelley has been reduced to a minimal role in the offense and had a terrible blown block against New York that led to a blocked punt.
It is just another example that rotational running backs are a dime a dozen. Kelley absolutely has time to turn I don’t think I can ever live down the fact that the Chargers took a running back with more pressing needs in the fourth round.
Kelley has carried the ball 102 times this season for 311 yards with one touchdown — coming in Week 1. Kelley ranks dead last in yards per carry among the 28 players in the league with at least 100 carries this season.
It is not really even that close, either. Kelley is averaging 3.05 yards per carry while the next worst, Joe Mixon, is averaging 3.60 yards per carry.