Dec 3, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars running back Michael Hayes (29) breaks a tackle from Southern Miss Golden Eagles defensive back Marquese Wheaton (2) during the first quarter at Robertson Stadium. Southern Miss won 49-28. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US Presswire

Adding A Runningback On Hold For Now


The Chargers had been on the market for adding a veteran running back onto the roster, but those plans seem to be put on hold for a bit (Gehlken). The Chargers already had Ryan Mathews, LeRon McClain, Jacob Hester, Curtis Brinkley, Edwin Baker and Michael Hayes on the roster. Brinkley, Baker and Hayes must be impressing the coaching staff if those plans have been put on hold.

The players that we need might already be on the roster. McClain could be used in goal line and short yardage with his bruising style. Ryan is very capable of taking over the 3rd down role IF he has learned how to block for his quarterback. If (likely when) Ryan goes down with a sprained finger, McClain and Brinkley can split the carries.

Baker and Hayes already have gotten great reviews from Norval:

“They’re two explosive guys. Baker, obviously, you know more about when you draft a guy. He’s got great quickness, great explosion and acceleration. Michael Hayes has been a pleasant surprise because he’s got some juice, and he catches the ball real well. It’s going to be fun having them in camp.” – Norval

If they both continue to impress, then the possibilities of adding a vet will continue to get pushed back. I like the possibilities and potential of all the youngsters and it should be interesting seeing what happens with the roster over the next few weeks. There still are a few vet backs that are available, if we want to go in that direction.

Should we add a vet back onto the roster?

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  • PeteSpinning1

    Possibly… I never really had much concern for our running game. We have turned out so many great running backs, it’s ridiculous. Even our backups get lured to other teams to be starters. So, I tend to beleive that they know what they are doing in that particular department. I would be pretty surprised if they left us wide open, and didn’t have a capable back-up, if Mathews goes down. Furthermore, Baker & Hayes are still question marks… for me, anyway.
    Norv is a hard guy to read sometimes. He is a nice guy, and wants to give praise to his new guys, so their confidence builds. He may be telling the truth… but, this could also be a screen to get the media off his back… AJ is cheap, and might be waiting until he can get a back-up for dirt cheap, as some people suspect.

    • PeteSpinning1

      And, a little off-topic, but still about AFC West backs… what’s all this BS I’ve been reading about how “signing Peyton Hillis was a great FA move for the Chiefs”? Wasn’t he just cut by the Browns for being drama? Didn’t he get injured… sit out with strep throat, when others suspected he was fine…and bitch non-stop about not getting enough money? I guess I’m just not that scared about him. Hope he doesn’t prove me wrong, but I can’t wait for JJ to smack him around a little.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

         @PeteSpinning1 we always go off topic… its how we roll!! i dont know why they are so excited about that either!!! I am more scared that Jamaal Charles is back… that boy good

        • PeteSpinning1

           @epadaon I agree. Charles tore his ACL, though..  so he may not be his old self. Him and McFadden may be rusty this season.. and Bush is gone (Thank God). I know they love McFadden in OAKtown, but Bush was brutalizin’ us in that 1st Raider game… it was ugly. I think it’s funny how they call our boy Mathews a China-Doll, but never say anything about Charles & McFadden missing almost an entire season. In my eyes, Ryan Mathews & Willis McGahee are the only healthy primary backs in the division.. just an opinion.

        • Bleu

          @epadaon @PeteSpinning1 I just see Hillis as a red zone threat. We should be stout enough in our front 7 nOw to deny dudes like him access to the endzone……

  • BoogaP

    Hard to say now. I guess we just sit back and wait to hear more about how the young guys are picking up the offense.  It would be nice to bring in another CB or, per the video that Ernie posted in another article, Brian Banks…..what a story! Can you imagine that happening to you??

  • boltsfan1972

    no need for HB Mathews is in BEAST Mode with off season training Hester right with him Brinkley showed great potential in few oppertunitys given Baker and Hayes were good runners in college and have good reveiws from OTA’s OH YEAH did I mention #SWEATER man McClain who has versitility at FB & HB I think were good at RB  

  • Bleu

    I think we have the ground game covered nOw. we should have enough rb I’m hoping Brinkley is the man…..

  • BlondeBomber

    Word within Charger camp at the OTA’s, is that RM is in the BEST condition of his life, added 8 pounds of all muscle and has been carrying around a football ALL day long( as to mentally prepare himself to not give up the pigskin no matter what!). I think this is RM’s break out year!

    • Bleu

      @BlondeBomber time fOr RM24 to silence all the haTers!

  • BoJackRusso

    You guys seem to forget how exciting Hester is when he gets a chance with the ball. Remember his first season? I loved the guy. He is a sort of hybrid though, not as true FB or TB, a little of both. Brinkley is sort of like that too, but a lot of fun to watch when he got his shots.
    That being said, we know Hester is on the roster regardless. Brinkley is not 100% guaranteed a shot, he might be a practice squad guy again. For some unknown reason we let Todman go last season. It’s time for A.J. to do the right thing and bring a guy called Tomlinson. In case nobody noticed, he’s a great pass blocker and can still get open out of the backfield even after a pass block. There is no substitute for veteran leadership in the huddle or on the sidelines.
    Just my two cents worth.

    • Bolts_NFL_music

       @BoJackRusso haha there you go. I also won´t get tired to mention it: Tomlinson as 3rd down back and mentor for Mathews is a f***in´ great idea. Although I have great faith in our current RB roster, but that LT thing is just way too good not to mention it…bring him back, that´s it.