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Chargers training camp battles: Backup RB

GEEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Branden Oliver
GEEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 18: Branden Oliver
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CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 11: Kenneth Farrow
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 11: Kenneth Farrow

After breaking out in his second season in the league, Melvin Gordon has established himself as the lead horse in the Los Angeles Chargers’ backfield for years to come. But who are going to be the guys that add depth behind him?

More specifically, who is going to be the primary backup at running back?

There may not be just one answer to that question, as the Chargers could turn to multiple guys to shoulder that load. Most importantly, the team needs to figure out how to replace Danny Woodhead, who left as a free agent.

Woodhead is as good as any running back in the league as a receiver out of the backfield and up until he got hurt, saw plenty of carries on a weekly basis.

Once the Chargers saw what Gordon could do with Woodhead on injured reserve, they may have become convinced that no other guy needs to cut into his carries that much. That said, Gordon missed the last three games of the season with injuries of his own. In order to preserve their prized ball carrier, the Chargers will need to find at least one guy to slide in and take some carries.

Here are the candidates to do just that. Who do I feel will be the guy to win that job? Read on to find out.

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