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LA Chargers: Six players that need to finish 2020 strong

Alexander Insdorf
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 15: Forrest Lamp #76 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 15: Forrest Lamp #76 of the Los Angeles Chargers in action against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Joshua Kelley

Joshua Kelley started the season pretty well in the first few games. His performance against Cincinnati might’ve saved that game earlier in the year.

In the last three games, Kelley has had just 11 carries. Kalen Ballage has clearly usurped him on the depth chart as the coaching staff seems to trust him more.

Justin Jackson coming back from the IR can only be more bad news for Kelley. There could very realistically be healthy scratches and inactives for the rookie fourth-round pick in the last few games.

Obviously, Kelley will be back next year. As of now, I don’t think there’s much of a chance that he would be cut. But it’s not a good sign that a high-end day 3 running back talent can’t properly distance himself from players like Ballage or Troymaine Pope. That’s what needs to change for him in these last four games against some permeable run defenses.

It’s just difficult to find a role in the backfield for Kelley with Austin Ekeler back in the picture. Ekeler gets a lot of receiving and rushing volume. If Kelley could break off some fast runs like he occasionally does, it would go a long way to proving his long term value to the team. Right now, he’s barely in the rotation.

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