Isaiah Spiller, RB (LAC)

Working with backups

Spiller has primarily worked with the second- and third-team offenses at training camp, but Daniel Popper of The Athletic notes that the rookie's "physicality is starting to pop" now that the Chargers have started padded practices.

The rookie fourth-round pick will need more than brute strength and determination to earn a role, but those traits certainly help when competing for part-time work behind a smaller, versatile back like Chargers starter Austin Ekeler. While previous draft picks Joshua Kelley (2020 fourth-round choice) and Larry Rountree (2021 sixth-round choice) failed to take advantage of similar opportunities the past two years, Spiller still has time to make an impression this summer. If he fails to do so, the Chargers could go with Rountree or Kelley off the bench or else could use an unpredictable rotation the way they did for much of last season.

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Joshua Kelley

Joshua Kelley

RB | LAC

Leading RB2 competition

Kelley has seen more first-team work than Isiah Spiller and Larry Rountree at training camp, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Derwin James Jr.

Derwin James Jr.

DB | LAC

Signs four-year extension

James agreed Wednesday with the Chargers on a four-year contract extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Joe Reed

Joe Reed

WR | LAC

Makes impact in preseason opener

Reed secured four of five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown and returned three kickoffs for 60 yards in the Chargers' 29-22 preseason loss to the Rams on Saturday night.

Justin Herbert

Justin Herbert

QB | LAC

Unlikely to play Saturday

Herbert and other starters aren't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, Elliott Teaford of The Press-Enterprise reports.