4 Chargers to pay close attention to during training camp

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2. Isaiah Spiller

The LA Chargers are extremely thin at running back, so much so that signing a veteran running back solely for depth purposes is something that the front office should actually consider. There is no doubting Austin Ekeler as the lead back but the team is looking to limit Ekeler's workload and needs quality depth behind him.

The Bolts are hoping that Isaiah Spiller can be that quality depth. Los Angeles took Spiller in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft with the sole intention of making him the RB2 next season. There initially were concerns of Spiller's lack of explosiveness after the team whiffed on Larry Rountree and Joshua Kelley but Spiller was the best back available on the board.

There are some fans who have all the faith in the world that Spiller can be an excellent RB2 option for the team next season. I see you in the comments and I really do admire that optimism and I hope that he does end up being that great RB2.

However, we cannot expect a fourth-round rookie that has never taken an NFL snap to simply come in and be great. Does that mean he is destined to fail? Not at all. But we were all so quick to crown fellow fourth-rounder Joshua Kelley after his solid Week 1 showing in 2020. Spiller is not a guarantee to succeed.

Training camp will give us a better idea of what Spiller is bringing to the table this season. If he comes out and balls out during camp and the preseason then those that are optimistic will be rewarded. If he struggles and his lack of burst translates poorly then those who are optimistic might be let down.