LA Chargers News

Adding A Runningback On Hold For Now

By Ernie Padaon

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

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?