Joshua Kelley
Joshua Kelley
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After the Chargers said goodbye to Melvin Gordon, adding backfield depth in the draft became a priority, and they wound up selecting Kelley in the fourth round. A downhill runner out of UCLA, he has the power and balance to hammer through contact, and, with a 4.49 40, good speed once he finds open space. His lack of vision, elusiveness or receiving skills make him unlikely to become a true three-down back, but as a complementary option behind new starter Austin Ekeler, Kelley could thrive between the tackles and in short-yardage situations. The rookie will compete with holdover Justin Jackson for those backup touches, and Kelley might be a better fit for the role, given that he's about 15 pounds heavier at 5-11, 212. With Ekeler relatively unproven in a full-time role, there could be a decent number of snaps and carries available for whoever emerges as the Chargers' No. 2 back. Read Past Outlooks
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#212.21
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$Signed a four-year, $4.08 million contract with the Chargers in July of 2020.
Uneven rookie season
RBLos Angeles Chargers
January 7, 2021
Kelley, who was a healthy scratch in two of the Chargers' final four games, finished his rookie season with 502 total yards and two touchdowns in 11 games.
ANALYSIS
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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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Joshua Kelley's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
9.0%
 
Positive Run %
77.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
50.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.6
 
Rushing TD %
1.8%
 
Touches Per Game
9.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
45.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-2.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.09
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.6%
 
% Team Targets
3.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.7
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Joshua Kelley's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
212 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.28 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.95 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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More Fantasy News
Deemed healthy Week 16 scratch
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Coach's Decision
December 27, 2020
Kelley (coach's decision) is inactive heading into Sunday's game against the Broncos, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
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Five offensive snaps in win
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 18, 2020
Kelley carried the ball two times for eight yards in Thursday's 30-27 win over the Raiders.
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Back in lineup
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 17, 2020
Kelley is active for Thursday's game against the Raiders, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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Inactive Week 14
RBLos Angeles Chargers
Coach's Decision
December 13, 2020
Kelley (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
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Ready for Week 14
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 11, 2020
Kelley (foot) has been cleared to play in Sunday's game versus the Falcons.
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