Joshua Kelley

Joshua Kelley

26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Los Angeles Chargers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Joshua Kelley in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a four-year, $4.08 million contract with the Chargers in July of 2020.
Roster spot uncertain for '24
RBLos Angeles Chargers
January 8, 2024
Kelley tallied two carries for one yard in Sunday's 13-12 loss to the Chiefs. He finished the season with 107 carries for 405 yards and two touchdowns to go along with an additional eight receptions for 32 yards.
ANALYSIS
Kelley played 18 offensive snaps Sunday, his most playing time since Week 13. It's unclear why he suddenly jumped over Isaiah Spiller, who was a healthy inactive despite three straight weeks of relief play, but neither backup running back really did much when Austin Ekeler was healthy. Kelley finished the 2023 season with a career-high 405 rushing yards in large part due to a four-week stretch to begin the season where he operated as the starter with the aforementioned Ekeler sidelined, but he averaged just 3.6 yards per carry across 57 rush attempts. The 26-year-old enters the offseason an unrestricted free agent and might not be a candidate to return to Los Angeles given the expected coaching and front-office upheaval.
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How do Joshua Kelley's 2023 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
6.5%
 
Positive Run %
82.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
61.2%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.3
 
Rushing TD %
1.9%
 
Touches Per Game
6.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
31.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.01
 
% Team Air Yards
0.0%
 
% Team Targets
1.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
16.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.0
 
% Targeted On Route
6.8%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.18
 
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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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kelley struggled mightily in his second season with the Chargers, as he played just 135 offensive snaps across 10 games compared to 297 snaps in 14 games during his rookie campaign. A lackluster career 3.2 yards-per-carry average has highlighted the 24-year-old's inability to break off chunk runs and Kelley doesn't add much as a pass catcher either. The Chargers drafted Isaiah Spiller in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft and signed veteran Sony Michel at the end of the preseason, but it's possible Kelley's experience with the Chargers keep him second on the depth chart to open the season.
Drafted in the fourth round last year, Kelley looked like he might thrive as a physical complement to Austin Ekeler after he punched home a touchdown from inside the five-yard line in Week 1 and then piled up 113 total yards in Week 2. By the end of the year, though, Kelley had trouble getting into the lineup on a consistent basis, managing only nine offensive snaps the final five games. While he has good straight-line speed (4.49 40) and runs with some power, his inability to avoid contact is a major issue, and his 3.2 YPC last season was lowest in the league among RBs with at least 100 carries. Kelley also doesn't offer much as a receiver, though Ekeler dominates that role anyway. Justin Jackson has been more productive when healthy and the Chargers added more competition in the draft, selecting Larry Rountree in the sixth round, so Kelley will have to fight for his backup role this summer.
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.
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Low snap share again
RBLos Angeles Chargers
January 2, 2024
Kelley tallied two carries for two yards in the 16-9 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.
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Negative yards on lone carry
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 24, 2023
Kelley lost two yards on his lone carry in Saturday's 24-22 loss to the Bills.
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A bit more playing time in blowout
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 16, 2023
Kelley tallied five carries for 22 yards and caught his lone target for six yards in Thursday's 63-21 throttling at the hands of the Raiders.
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No impact in loss
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 12, 2023
Kelley rushed three times for six yards in Sunday's 24-7 loss to the Broncos.
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Could see uptick in playing time
RBLos Angeles Chargers
December 6, 2023
Head coach Brandon Staley suggested Wednesday that Kelley could see increased opportunities out of the Chargers backfield in the weeks to come, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. "Competition for carries is going to be something that you can see happening," Staley said. "We're going to keep exploring, making adjustments so that we can find that rhythm I've been talking about. That's certainly one way to do it."
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