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3 rostered LA Chargers players who don't deserve another season in 2022

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Joshua Kelley, A.J. Moore
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2. Joshua Kelley

Tom Telesco has done a really bad job at trying to build out the depth of the running back room since Melvin Gordon left. While Austin Ekeler has been absolutely fantastic, the depth behind him in both 2020 and 2021 has left plenty to be desired. Justin Jackson has had his moments but he is inconsistent and is a free agent this offseason.

The Bolts took Joshua Kelley in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft after not having a single pick in day two in what is one of Telesco's worst picks as GM. Kelley turned into a healthy scratch in his rookie season and did not play much in year two, either.

The team doubled down with Larry Rountree in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He too struggled in the NFL and does not really seem to have the makings of being a dynamic back in the league. At least one of these guys has to go and it should be the one with fewer years under contract in Kelley.

While Telesco has struck out two years in a row the Chargers should draft another running back in the late rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft. If the team did not have compensatory picks it would be one thing but with four extra picks in the last two rounds of the draft, they have the ability to take a running back and hope it works.

And with that someone has to get the boot. That person should be Kelley.

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