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LA Chargers vs. LA Rams: 4 bold predictions for preseason Week 1

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Larry Rountree III
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2. Larry Rountree is the biggest offensive standout on the LA Chargers

It seems that the preseason is geared for a backup running back to thrive in a situation that he otherwise may not have gotten. Larry Rountree is definitely safe on the roster as he was just taken in the 2021 NFL Draft but he is fighting for his spot on the depth chart.

Rountree is battling with Joshua Kelley for the third running back spot and quite frankly, I would not be overly shocked if he moved his way up and won the RB2 job over Justin Jackson.

There is a lot of work to do for Rountree to accomplish that feat but it is possible. It starts with strong showings in the preseason.

Austin Ekeler is not going to play and I would be shocked to see Justin Jackson play anything more than one drive, if he plays at all. Jackson is one of the most injury-prone players on the entire roster, so Staley definitely does not want him playing too much in a meaningless game.

That means that Kelley, Rountree and Darius Bradwell will get most of the snaps and it will be the rookie that thrives in the chances he is given. I am not a big fan of Joshua Kelley and Darius Bradwell is nothing special, either.

Ekeler broke out in the preseason in 2017 and gave Charger fans a glimpse into the future. Perhaps Rountree can do the same with his potential future.