Aug 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy yells during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
There will be a lot of people talking about that boy Branden Oliver today. He killed it yesterday on the field, tearing up the Dallas Cowboys defense. Oliver found the holes, but that offensive line has to get some credit for the big old gaps that they created.
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Still, Oliver needs to get some credit for his wiggle and for his ability to see the hole. How could you not see some of those gaps though?
Oliver was listed as the 4th running back on the depth chart over Marion Grice and we all saw why during the game. Everyone is going to compare the little dude to Darren Sproles. He was rocking Sproles number and was a tiny spark plug when he touched the football. That play where he took the edge and ran down the sideline will bring back a grip of memories of Sproles.
Oliver looks like he has made a space for himself on this roster with that performance. We will want to see him do it again in the next few preseason contests.
On the field, he runs hard and runs north and south. He has the speed to get the edge and is think enough to take a hit. He will be a nice asset on the roster. He might not get many chances during the regular season with the depth at the position, but he will be good insurance to have on the roster and can contribute next year.