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Branden Oliver proved his ability is legit


Oct 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Branden Oliver (43) scores on a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Branden Oliver has proven that he can do his thing in multiple games and he has also shown that he is a back that can be relied upon to take the load for Ryan Mathews if he is out. He may be the future at the position down the road when Ryan becomes a free agent. That is the type of back he looks like at this point.

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We will see how durable of a player he is, but he has proven to be a tough son of a beast out on the field. He might be a short back, but he doesn’t seem to be a fragile dude. He is built thick and was carrying tacklers down the field.

The best part of his running style is his ability to break arm tackles. That is one thing that has separated him from Donald Brown in the backfield. He can make people miss in the backfield and he worked his way through the holes. His patience made some holes for him to run through as well.

That last drive for the Chargers to get the go-ahead touchdown was all Branden Oliver. Philip showed confidence in him to pick up yards. Frank Reich showed confidence in him to move the ball down the field. The team