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27 Joshua Kelley RB

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October 25, 2020 08:04 PM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Finds little running room in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley rushed 12 times for 29 yards and caught all five of his targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 39-29 win over the Jaguars.

Kelley out-touched Justin Jackson 17-10, but neither running back contributed much in the high-scoring affair. It's encouraging to see the rookie wrestle back the majority of the workload after Jackson posted 94 scrimmage yards to Kelley's 38 last week, but Kelley's averaging just 3.1 yards per carry on 75 totes through his first six games. Kelley will look to improve that efficiency at home against the Broncos in Week 8, while Jackson should continue to be his primary competition for playing time with Austin Ekeler (hamstring) still on IR.

October 13, 2020 11:56 AM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Meager showing versus Saints
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley rushed 11 times for 29 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in Monday night's 30-27 overtime loss to the Saints.

Kelley was bottled up against a consistently stout Saints rush defense. In contrast, fellow tailback Justin Jackson rushed 15 times for 71 yards, but 36 of those came on one play. While that evidences the tough sledding on average Monday, Jackson's comparatively hot hand enabled him to get involved more in the passing game as well, as he finished with five catches for 23 yards. As long as usual starter Austin Ekeler (hamstring) is sidelined, the production split between Kelley and Jackson will be worthwhile to monitor. After a decent start to the season, the rookie Kelley has tailed off due to a combination of fumbles and hard matchups lately. While those struggles along with Jackson's performance Monday leave him on the slide, Week 6's matchup against the winless Jets could be just what Kelley needs to get going again.

October 7, 2020 03:44 PM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Could see playing-time bump
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley could see more opportunities with top running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) expected to miss the next 4-to-6 weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Kelley wasn't particularly impressive in relief of an injured Ekeler in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers, as he carried the ball nine times for seven yards while also committing an egregious fumble near the end of the first half, which allowed Tampa Bay to gain momentum in its eventual come-from-behind win. The fumble was the rookie's second in as many weeks, but coach Anthony Lynn didn't seem to lose much confidence in Kelley, who still played a season-high 57 percent of the offensive snaps. While Ekeler is sidelined, the Chargers may not view Kelley as a true bell cow but instead as more of an Option 1A ahead of Justin Jackson, who should factor in much in the same way Ekeler did when Melvin Gordon served as the team's lead tailback in past seasons. Both Jackson and Kelley have proven to be useful pass catchers out of the backfield, so whomever gets the majority of the work may boil down to the hotter hand between the two each week. With three straight matchups on tap against bottom-tier run defenses in the Saints, Jets and Dolphins, both Kelley and Jackson might be relevant fantasy options even in shallower leagues.

October 4, 2020 09:24 PM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Can't find running room in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley rushed nine times for seven yards and brought in all three targets for 26 yards in the Chargers' 38-31 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.

The rookie fourth-round pick had an opportunity to assume control of the backfield after Austin Ekeler exited the game for good in the first quarter due to a hamstring injury, but Kelley found the sledding to be extremely rough versus the Buccaneers' typically stalwart front seven. Additionally, his late first-half fumble at the Chargers' eight-yard line helped ignite a Buccaneers comeback that led to Tampa Bay scoring 35 points from that point onward. Kelley did appear to soak up some of Ekeler's usual passing game work by logging a modest but nevertheless season-high three targets, and he could be in line for a heavy workload in a Week 5 road matchup versus the Saints if Ekeler remains sidelined.

September 28, 2020 12:20 AM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Fumbles in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley carried the ball eight times for 43 yards and also caught both of his targets for nine yards in the 21-16 loss Sunday to the Panthers. He also lost a fumble.

Kelley took a back seat to Austin Ekeler in this one as the Chargers fell behind early. Part of that reason was because of the rookie's second-quarter fumble off a 16-yard run. That turnover set up the Panthers' lone touchdown and also a two-score lead. It's possible Kelley might find tough sledding again next week with the Chargers set to square off against a high-powered Buccaneers unit.

September 20, 2020 09:36 PM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Racks up over 100 yards Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley carried the ball a team-high 23 times for 64 yards and caught two of three targets for 49 yards in Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to Kansas City.

It's noteworthy that Kelley saw a bigger workload than Austin Ekeler in a close game, with the rookie getting 25 touches to the more senior back's 20 -- although Ekeler was more productive with 148 scrimmage yards. The Chargers' backfield increasingly looks like a 1A/1B arrangement rather than Kelley being confined to backup duties, but that could still lead to big numbers for both backs in Week 3 against a Panthers run defense that's already been lit up by Josh Jacobs and Leonard Fournette this season.

September 20, 2020 12:08 PM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Slated for top depth role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley is expected to serve as the top understudy to Austin Ekeler in Sunday's game against the Chiefs with Justin Jackson (quadriceps) listed as doubtful and not expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Kelley enjoyed a productive NFL debut in the Chargers' Week 1 win over the Bengals, playing only 24 percent of the offensive snaps and finishing with 12 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown. The Chargers may not have the luxury of operating a run-heavy game plan versus a heavily favored Chiefs team, so Kelley could struggle to replicate his Week 1 usage with Ekeler working as the clear top pass-catching back on the roster.

September 14, 2020 04:56 PM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Scores first career touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley carried the ball 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Bengals.

Kelley was a crucial factor in the team's offense after the first half, registering all 12 carries over the final 24 minutes. Kelley was in contention with Justin Jackson for the backup job all throughout training camp, and while Jackson did see two carries in the first half, it was quickly apparent Kelley's nimble running style was the more productive option. Kelley was bumped up to the No. 2 role when Jackson left the game with an injury. Perhaps not surprisingly, Kelley took a similar role to now-Broncos running back Melvin Gordon later in the contest, working in a one-two combo with Austin Ekeler that resulted in a couple of red zone carries, including his first career touchdown on a well-designed zone run. Ekeler should still be considered the primary running back moving forward, but it's clear Kelley absolutely has utility in deeper leagues regardless of Ekeler's or Jackson's health.

August 22, 2020 08:20 PM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: In contention for backup job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kelley remains in a tight battle with Justin Jackson for the No. 2 running back spot behind Austin Ekeler, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

It was a tremendous week of practice for Kelley, who began Monday on the third unit ,only to eventually see first-team action by Thursday. The nearly 6-foot running back brings a bit more power to his game -- which ultimately could make him a more optimal No. 2 behind the sturdy yet smaller Ekeler -- but Jackson has been impressive in brief stints at the NFL level as well, especially as a change-of-pace back.

April 26, 2020 06:04 AM
Chargers' Joshua Kelley: Fourth-round pick for LAC
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chargers selected Kelley in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 112th overall.

A natural runner with 4.49 40-yard dash speed, Kelley compiled 1,060 rushing yards as a senior at UCLA. Impressive balance and quick acceleration could bring Kelley success as an interior runner at the next level, though it's worth noting that he didn't see much usage as a collegiate receiver (11 receptions for 71 yards in 2019). He stands to immediately compete for a role behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson in Los Angeles' backfield.

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