Chargers Training Camp Preview: Running Backs Position

By Ernie Padaon

Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports+

Let’s talk more about the roster groups to prep for training camp that will be opening up in a few days. This time around, we are going to talk about the running back position. We opened up the talk with the wide receivers group and this time we will work with the group that is pretty stacked.

Let’s check out the group and see who has their spots locked in and who is working to make the roster.

As usual, let’s start with the group that is


Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, Donald Brown

These 3 have their jobs locked in and there is no doubt about it. They just need to go into training camp to get their reps and be prepared to start the season. I would love for the team to lock in Ryan Mathews or Danny Woodhead to a long-term deal though. Both are working on the last season of their contract and we could be without both of them after free agency. Mathews is the top back again and Woodhead will be coming in during passing downs. If Mathews will need a bit of a break, Brown will step in and take the reps. It should be a solid rotation for the group.

Marion Grice

Grice pretty much has his roster spot locked in as well. There isn’t much competition for the 4th running back spot. Grice is expected to be someone that can help in the passing game and can get a few reps here and there. He will be competing for a return job as well.


Kerwynn Williams, Branden Oliver, Zach Boren

I am not sure who the Chargers would keep in this group. Williams has speed and can help in the return game, but that is his biggest asset to the team. If he doesn’t win the returner job, then he might not be worth holding a roster spot for.

Boren is the only fullback on the roster. If the team is looking to have a pure fullback on the depth chart, then Boren wins by default.