Chargers-Titans proves the Bolts may have already given up on this recent draft pick

Week 2 was supposed to be a big opportunity for Isaiah Spiller.
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The LA Chargers are on the road in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans and are already dealing with injuries to big-name players. Austin Ekeler and Eric Kendricks were both inactive in Week 2 after playing in Week 1 while Joey Bosa is playing on a snap count after tweaking his hamstring.

Los Angeles had to adapt a next-man-up mentality against the Titans to make up for these losses on the depth chart. That being said, this early in the season it presents an opportunity for several Chargers players to step up and make a difference. This could be beneficial for the rest of the 2023 season.

It also can be very telling about where exactly the players on the roster are in the eyes of the coaching staff. With Ekeler out, many Chargers fans thought they would see second-year running back Isaiah Spiller get a chance to make a difference. That has not been the case thus far in the game as rookie undrafted running back Elijah Dotson has gotten all of the early RB2 snaps.

Chargers may be showing fans that they have given up on Isaiah Spiller

This is not a great look for Spiller, who was a healthy scratch in the first game of the season against the Miami Dolphins. It made some sense in Week 1 as Dotson had more special teams value as the backup kick and punt returner. But now that Spiller is hardly playing in Week 2, the Chargers might be showing us that it is bigger than that.

The Spiller selection in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft was very hyped up by Chargers fans when it was made. However, the youngest player in the 2021 NFL Draft proved that he was not quite NFL-ready in his rookie season. Now, it seems like he might not even be ready in his second season.

Granted, Spiller has more time to come around and the Bolts have him under contract for two more seasons after 2023. He may also come around and start playing more in 2023. But fans should be listening to what the Chargers are telling them: that Spiller still isn't ready and can't even beat out an undrafted rookie to be the RB3.