For the third draft in a row in 2022, the Chargers selected a running back earlier than fans expected. This time, the Chargers selected Texas A&M running back Isaiah Spiller in the fourth round. At the time, the pick was lauded by Chargers fans who expected Spiller to do big things in his rookie season.
However, as the youngest player in the 2022 draft class, Spiller obviously was not NFL ready and the Chargers learned that once they got him in the building. The team had to pivot and sign Sony Michel as depth and even when that was a disaster, Spiller got very few chances with the NFL team.
Some fans are now out on Spiller but with a year of experience and growth behind him, there should be hope that he can be NFL-ready and can make a difference in this running back room. Thus far it looks like Spiller has made the necessary steps to make an impact in 2023 as he is one of the bigger winners of camp thus far.
Not only has Spiller looked good but the team is showing more faith in him with the reps he is getting in the offense. That shows that Kellen Moore believes in the young back and may give him a bigger role than anyone expected six months ago.
Spiller could end up having a huge opportunity to produce as well. It is hard to gauge how Austin Ekeler will look this season and Joshua Kelley is up-and-down and has dealt with several injuries in the past. There could be a few weeks where Spiller is the RB1 for the Chargers.
Hopefully he is ready for the task.