3 Chargers who may get permanently benched with another bad week vs Vikings

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2. Isaiah Spiller

This is a bit of a different circumstance as Isaiah Spiller is hardly playing for the Chargers as is. Spiller was a healthy scratch for the team in Week 1 and only logged four snaps on offense in Week 2 with Austin Ekeler out.

All signs are pointing to Ekeler missing Week 3's game as well, which should in theory give Spiller a chance to actually make something happen. The only problem is that undrafted rookie Elijah Dotson appears to be ahead of him on the depth chart after a strong training camp and preseason.

The Vikings have one of the worst defenses in the sport and they are a team that you can run against. If there was ever a time for Spiller to have a coming-out party and actually move the needle in his NFL career it would be this week against Minnesota.

If it does not happen now then it may not ever happen for Spiller, at least in the 2023 season. If he is once again not playing or struggles in the limited snaps that he does get, then the already-low faith in him is going to hit rock bottom.

Even in an instance where the Chargers need Spiller to play a bigger role if more injuries are sustained, the team would be more likely to bring in external help. Nothing the Chargers have done thus far elicits confidence in Spiller and another nothing-burger on Sunday is going to confirm those potential doubts.