It’s somewhat surprising that no team in the league has called Branden Oliver to give him a shot. The former Chargers running back had some productive games for the team and seemed the prototypical change-of-pace back. Unfortunately, injuries slowed his progress and the unexpected play of undrafted rookie Austin Ekeler last season pretty much pushed him out the door.
But in an upstart league, Oliver has the talent to be a team’s No.1 running back.
He had 226 rushing attempts in his NFL career to go with over 1,000 total yards from scrimmage. His veteran experience as well as his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield are two things a new, young franchise could lean on.
But is his NFL career over? A running back could go down in camp or in a preseason game this summer and Oliver’s name could still get called to come and fill that hole. Even if that doesn’t happen, there are options for him going forward, should he still be interested in a playing career.
Oliver recently turned 27 years old and could still give a team a couple of years in the backfield.