The LA Chargers added plenty of new faces to the roster in 2021. Whether it was via free agency or the team’s nine draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Chargers have given themselves some decisions to make about the 53-man roster.
Some players are safe, some have to prove something in order to make a spot and some players are right there on the bubble. They could be on the roster or they could be relegated to the practice squad. It all depends on OTAs and training camp.
This list is going to change as some players naturally rise to the occasion while others fall flat.
Here are three LA Chargers players who are on the roster bubble:
1. Joshua Kelley
Let’s get this one out of the way early. Anyone that reads my work here at Bolt Beat (first, thank you!) knows that I am not a big fan of Joshua Kelley. Kelley was the worst running back in the league last season in terms of DVOA and if you take out his two long runs of the season he averaged under three yards per attempt.
Yes, he was a rookie without a true preseason and was playing behind a bad offensive line but I did not love him as a prospect coming into the league. The Chargers reached for him in the draft and that was made even worse by his performance.
The Chargers drafted Larry Rountree in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft and while Kelley was with the team first, this is a new coaching staff and it would not be shocking if they preferred the running back they just drafted over the guy the previous head coach drafted.
Kelley is going to have to prove that he has taken a big step from year one to year two because the Chargers simply cannot afford to consistently run out the Kelley that was carrying the ball for them last season.