Possible Targets For Free Agency & The Draft
Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart (32) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Vikings and Packers tied 26-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Donald Brown is one of the first names that comes to mind for signing a free agent running back. He would definitely be able to fill the role of back-up running back to Ryan Mathews. He proved that he could step in, and assume the starting role, if Mathews were to get injured. Brown had to step in for the Colts last season, when Trent Richardson couldn’t get anything going on the ground. Brown had 102 carries for 537 yards, and six touchdowns. That is certainly nothing to sneeze at. Another free agent option that I like is Toby Gerhart, from Minnesota. Playing behind an elite workhorse back like Adrian Peterson is not ideal for getting a lot of touches. Minnesota hasn’t asked Gerhart to carry the ball very much, so his numbers aren’t eye-popping. He only had 283 yards on 36 carries, and scored 2 touchdowns in 2013. But, he isn’t as worn down as some of the other backs, and has played well enough when he was asked to tote the rock. I can see him being another steal for Tom Telesco, should he want to sign him.
As for the draft, you could draft any number of backs. If the Chargers keep filling the biggest holes through free agency, it would be nice to see them take a guy like Bishop Sankey. But, more realistically, I can see us going with a guy like Andre Williams out of Boston College, or James Wilder Jr out of Florida State.