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3 Chargers whose roster spot is in jeopardy following the 2022 NFL Draft

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Joshua Kelley
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2. Joshua Kelley

The LA Chargers may have reached a bit to take Isaiah Spiller in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft, which tells you all you need to know about how the team feels about the existing running backs on the roster.

It was not a reach because Spiller was not worth a fourth-round pick as he could have easily gone in a third round. It was a reach with other roster needs and other quality backs that had better traits for the Chargers to pursue that they could have selected later. But the team really wanted an RB2 and viewed Spiller as the best available. I may disagree, but I cannot fault the Chargers for taking him if they are that high on him.

Both Joshua Kelley and Larry Rountree were pretty woeful last season but Kelley is almost undoubtedly going to get the boot before Rountree does. Kelley has had two years to make his mark as opposed to the one year that Rountree has had. Plus, Rountree was a Brandon Staley selection, Kelley was an Anthony Lynn selection.

There is really no point for the Chargers to have a running back room that is four deep and if the team does then I would think it is more likely that one of the undrafted free agents really stood out over Kelley earning his spot as a fourth back.

But who knows, crazier things have happened and maybe Kelley comes into camp as a new player and not only wins a roster spot, but usurps Rountree on the depth chart and puts him on the chopping block instead.

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