Joshua Kelley may have already gotten the boot on most NFL teams. Drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft (side note: that draft class is looking absolutely horrible outside of Justin Herbert), Kelley started his career with a great showing in Week 1 of the 2020 season.
That would end up being Kelley's best game as a professional as the former UCLA Bruin really struggled in his rookie season and clearly lacked the explosiveness needed to be successful. So what did the Chargers do?
They drafted another late-round running back who also is not very explosive in Larry Rountree. While Rountree was also disappointing, he is naturally ahead in the RB3 battle with Kelley because he was actually drafted by this coaching regime and is younger.
With Reed even adding a potential presence in the running back room as well as any potential undrafted standouts, Kelley is really going to have to earn his spot on the roster this season. Not only does he have to prove that he has improved as a back in general but he has to show that he can fit in this specific offensive scheme.
With so many other variables at play, it seems like there is a greater chance that Kelley won't be on the roster next season.