LA Chargers 53-man roster predictions, running backs:
- Austin Ekeler
- Justin Jackson
- Larry Rountree
This is my first shocking decision but I do not see the LA Chargers have four running backs on the active roster every week. There certainly will be weeks in which the Chargers have four running backs, but the extra quarterback should take away from the extra running back.
The shocking decision here is not having Joshua Kelley on the roster. Unless he shows big improvements in camp and the preseason, I would put Kelley on the practice squad before I put Rountree there.
Yes, Kelley is the established player but he did not earn anything last season. He was literally the worst running back in the entire league in terms of DVOA last season and averaged fewer yards per carry than the ancient Frank Gore.
Kelley averaged 3.2 yards per game last season, and quite frankly, that was a bit misleading as two big runs carried that total. Kelley had a 33-yard run against the Buffalo Bills and a 26-yard run against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 26-yard run was on third and one and he simply powered it through the gut and the Bengals did not wrap him up. It was blown defense more than a great run. The 33-yard run was a simple stretch play between the B gap that Keenan Allen made an excellent block on. Nothing any other running back couldn’t have done.
If you take out those two runs, Kelley averaged 2.7 yards per carry. In 109 carries outside of those two, he averaged 2.9 YARDS! He always felt like an Anthony Lynn guy and Lynn is no longer there to protect him.