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Branden Oliver getting work as punt and kick returner


Dec 21, 2013; Boise, ID, USA; Buffalo Bulls running back Branden Oliver (32) during the second half of the Idaho Potato Bowl against the San Diego State Aztecs at Bronco Stadium. San Diego defeated Buffalo 49-24. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers RB Branden Oliver made an impression in his first preseason action against the Dallas Cowboys and now he is getting an opportunity to expand his role with the team. Oliver has been working in as a punt and kick returner on special teams. The team is still looking for someone to step into each role and the answer could end with Oliver. He already showed that he is a capable running back, if he can stand out in the special teams, then he will lock down a roster spot without question.

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Marion Grice is the other back on the roster that is competing for that last running back job. He also is an option in the return game, but he didn’t impress like Oliver in the first action in preseason.

Keep your eyes on Oliver in special teams on Friday. I am rooting for little dude to make some plays in that part of the game. If he is able to stand out on special teams, then the comparisons to Darren Sproles will not stop. They would be mirror images, except Oliver is a little thicker.