Looking for a replacement for injured running back Danny Woodhead, the San Diego Chargers have found their man.
The Chargers announced on Tuesday they have signed former Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster.
McCluster makes sense for the Chargers because of his familiarity with the team’s offensive scheme from his time with the Titans when San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt served as that team’s head coach.
And like Woodhead, McCluster is a change-of-pace back who can be used in passing situations and in the return game.
The Chargers lost Woodhead for the season, placing the 31-year-old veteran on the injured reserve after he suffered an ACL injury against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week.
Strong first impression: While much of the focus this preseason was on Brady and Garoppolo, Brissett managed to make a solid first impression. In the third preseason game against the Panthers, Brissett completed all nine passes he threw for 85 yards and a touchdown.
Rookie duties: Brissett often got tasked with carrying the pads of Brady or Garoppolo off the field during training camp, reminding him of his rookie status. Said Brissett, “I’ve got to do it, hopefully it will go away [in] a little bit, but it’s a part of the process and I’m having fun with it. I just have to put them on and walk out of here.”
A true letterman: During his first season at NC State, Brissett used to write letters to his teammates before each game. “It’s a matter of saying I appreciate what you’ve done so far,” Brissett said. “Or if someone is going through a rough time, it’s a chance to say I’m here for you if you need me. Sometimes, you’ve got to joke with some of them. With the offensive linemen,nah you have to joke with them because they’re never serious, anyway.”
In two seasons with the Titans he scored one rushing touchdown, gaining 378 yards on 95 carries. He also had two receiving touchdowns, catching 57 passes for 457 yards.