Joshua Kelley

#27 RB / L.A. Chargers / EXP: 0YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 212 lb Age: 23 College: UCLA Bye 6,18,19,20,21

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Uneven rookie season

    Joshua Kelley, who was a healthy scratch in two of the Los Angeles Chargers' final four games, finished his rookie season with 502 total yards and two touchdowns in 11 games.Kelley's fall from fantasy grace came precipitously as the 23-year-old saw 47 touches in his first three games as a complement to Austin Ekeler before yielding time to Justin Jackson and then Kalen Ballage as the season progressed. By the time Ekeler (quad) returned from his multi-month absence, Kelley had completely fallen out of the rotation in favor of Ballage despite the two having nearly indistinguishably modest yards-per-carry averages. Looking ahead, the UCLA product could have a chance to increase his role in his second NFL season with a new coaching regime in store. That the Chargers have more invested in Kelley (a 2020 fourth-rounder) compared to Jackson and Ballage should at least guarantee him a spot on the active roster next season. However, until further context with regard to the team's 2021 offensive scheme and personnel emerges, it's hard to gauge whether Kelley will be a depth piece like he was toward the end of his rookie season or a crucial factor in the rotation, as he was early on.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Deemed healthy Week 16 scratch

    Joshua Kelley (coach's decision) is inactive heading into Sunday's game against the Broncos, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.Los Angeles will roll with Kalen Ballage and Justin Jackson as secondary backs behind Austin Ekeler during a Week 16 AFC West clash. Kelley's 3.2 yards-per-carry average is uninspiring, while his two lost fumbles on the season motivate the Los Angeles Chargers' coaching staff to search elsewhere for more reliable options.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Five offensive snaps in win

    Joshua Kelley carried the ball two times for eight yards in Thursday's 30-27 win over the Raiders.Kelley did next to nothing in this contest largely as a byproduct of just five offensive snaps. The return of Austin Ekeler and emergence of Kalen Ballage has made the rookie running back simply an afterthought, and it's hard to imagine that changing with just two games left to play, especially considering Kelley was a healthy inactive just one game prior.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Back in lineup

    Joshua Kelley is active for Thursday's game against the Raiders, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.Kelley was a healthy scratch for last week's win over the Falcons, but he'll return to the lineup for Week 15, taking the place of Justin Jackson. When Jackson suited up last week, he saw just two carries for eight yards, so it's unclear what sort of role Kelley will have in the offense. He'll join Austin Ekeler and Kalen Ballage as healthy running backs for the divisional clash.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Inactive Week 14

    Joshua Kelley (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.Kelley avoided an injury designation for Sunday's contest after dealing with a foot issue, but he'll still be sitting out as a healthy scratch. Austin Ekeler will lead the backfield while Kalen Ballage and Justin Jackson serve as the backup options.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Ready for Week 14

    Joshua Kelley (foot) has been cleared to play in Sunday's game versus the Falcons.Kelley started the week as a non-participant, upgraded to limited status Thursday, and practiced at full speed to close out the week. The rookie has been cleared to play in Week 14. His role is yet to be determined, as Kelley, Austin Ekeler and Kalen Ballage haven't all stayed healthy for an entire game this season. Kelley, Ballage and Justin Jackson (IR - knee) are all candidates to handle the No. 2 backfield role for the remainder of the year.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Status takes positive turn

    Joshua Kelley (foot) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice session.The UCLA product was unable to participate in any capacity Wednesday, having been forced to exit Sunday's 45-0 loss to the Patriots after three offensive snaps. The injury-induced departure naturally led to a dip from Kelley's average of 26.2 offensive snaps per game, as he managed just two catches for three yards in the contest. His status is now trending in the right direction, however, as L.A. prepares to host the Falcons' 12th-ranked rush defense Sunday afternoon.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Unable to practice Wednesday

    Joshua Kelley (foot) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.Kelley was forced out of Sunday's loss to the Patriots with what was initially termed as an ankle issue, but the team clarified the nature of his injury with the release of its first Week 14 practice report. The rookie's absence from practice to start the week is a discouraging sign ahead of Sunday's game versus the Falcons, but he'll have two more opportunities to increase his on-field work. Troymaine Pope (neck) -- who was also limited Wednesday -- would be next in line to serve as Los Angeles' No. 3 back if Kelley is inactive.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Hurts ankle against Pats

    Joshua Kelley (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Patriots.Kelley's injury occurred with Los Angeles getting blown out in the fourth quarter. He had two catches for three yards and no carries prior to getting injured while working in a third-string role behind Austin Ekeler and Kalen Ballage.

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    Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Touchdown overshadowed in loss

    Joshua Kelley carried the ball seven times for 35 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills.Kelley scored his first touchdown since Week 1 and also saw his first game with more than 32 rushing yards since Week 3, yet he was completely overshadowed by the return of Austin Ekeler (hamstring), who immediately emerged as the team's primary option at running back and registered 129 total yards. It'll be interesting to see if Kelley or Kalen Ballage, who didn't play Sunday due to an ankle/calf injury, ends up handling Ekeler's leftovers moving forward. The Los Angeles Chargers square off against a stout Patriots run defense in Week 13.