3. Larry Rountree
This is not the popular opinion heading into the 2021 season but when it is all said and done, I like Larry Rountree’s chances to earn the third running back spot in his rookie year. Part of the reason has to do with Joshua Kelley, but we will get to that once we address the fourth and final running back spot in the depth chart.
Rountree may not have been the running back that most fans were expecting and it is easy to dissect his game as a result. However, at the end of the day, Brandon Staley and co. obviously saw something special in Rountree and as Staley’s guy, his chances of being the third running back are higher.
Rountree was a Senior Bowl standout and he has the skills to at least be a situational short-yardage running back for the Chargers. He is also a candidate to play in a lot of two running back personnel groups because of his ability to block.
Rountree is a solid pass-blocker and is likely going to get snaps in the special teams unit as a result as well. Joshua Kelley was woeful in blocking, particularly in special teams, and that instantly gives Rountree a leg up.
Sure, he is the rookie, but there is a legitimate case to be made that Rountree will be a better running back in 2021 than Joshua Kelley, even if the Chargers reached for Kelley in the fourth round last year.
Let’s get on to Kelley, shall we?