Free agency and the NFL Draft are over and now it is time to turn our attention towards LA Chargers training camp. OTAs and mandatory minicamps are slated to begin in just over a month on June 18, so we have plenty of time to preview the team until then.
With the roster taking shape (aside from any smaller signings until camp) and the schedule for 2021 now released, we have a good idea of not only what to expect for the team as a whole but on an individual level as well.
Things will certainly change as we get into camp and some players exceed (or fall short of) expectations. The NFL is an ever-changing landscape and what we thought was true now could be completely false in six months.
However, that is not going to stop up from giving it a go. Following free agency, the draft and the schedule release, here are five bold predictions for the LA Chargers 2021 season ahead of training camp.
5. Joshua Kelley gets phased out of the LA Chargers offense entirely
The LA Chargers just selected Joshua Kelley in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It was a bad selection then and the results have only made the selection seem worse in reflection.
Kelley was the worst running back in the league last season and while he did not benefit from a good offensive line, he also did not showcase any skillset that necessarily differentiates him from any other back in the league.
This is a performance-driven league and Kelley did not have the results last season, and quite frankly, I am not optimistic that he will show the results this season.
With a new coaching staff in the building, Kelley is not going to get the same benefit of the doubt that the coach that drafted him would give him. Keep in mind, that coach still made Kelley a healthy scratch last season.