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4 losers from the first week of LA Chargers training camp

By Alexander Insdorf
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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RB Larry Rountree III

Other than Austin Ekeler and rookie Isaiah Spiller being locked into clearly defined RB roles on the depth chart, there were a lot of questions on how the rest of it would play out.

There's still a lot that's unknown like stock of the two UDFA running backs in Leddie Brown or Kevin Marks for example. But the coaching staff has answered the biggest question fairly decisively: Joshua Kelley is the RB 2/3 with Spiller over Larry Rountree.

In Daniel Popper's most recent camp report over The Athletic, he offered the same sentiment: Ekeler, Kelley, and Spiller are taking first-team reps while Rountree, Marks, and Brown largely just participate in the second or third-team stuff.

Maybe this was obvious based on how the Chargers finished the season last year-Rountree had several healthy scratches down the stretch with Kelley being a more consistent fixture in the offense. Still, it's a bit surprising to see a Staley draft pick being valued less by the staff than the former UCLA running back taken by Anthony Lynn's staff in 2020.

Spiller's eventual ascension to RB2 will eventually take place regardless of what happens with the other running backs. He has shown too many flashes to this point in camp and they've invested too much in him for me to believe it's not close to happening already. But the third guy in that rotation would clearly be Kelley as of now. Keeping Rountree at this point is solely is a matter of whether the Chargers want to keep a fourth running back as they did in 2021.

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