Detrez Newsome making case to make the team
When the Chargers’ 90-man roster was formed, few gave undrafted rookie running back Detrez Newsome much chance to make the team. But that was exactly the case with Austin Ekeler one year ago.
Ekeler, who came from tiny Western State University in Colorado, outperformed the competition in camp and preseason games en route to winning a spot on the team and eventually becoming the team’s No. 2 running back.
While Ekeler rested a sore calf on Saturday night, Newsome, who is the all-time leader in touchdowns and all-purpose yards at Western Carolina University, made the most of his 19 carries.
Newsome gained 78 yards on the ground but he also caught three passes for 22 yards, giving him exactly 100 all-purpose yards on the night.
He still has some work to do, but he is on the field putting in work while the other guys aren’t. Gordon was the only other running back to carry the ball against the Seahawks as Justin Jackson and Russell Hansbrough were also rested.
Keep in mind that Jackson, a seventh-round pick out of Northwestern who many fans are high on, has yet to suit up in the preseason.
That gives Newsome a bit of an edge and though it may still be a surprise if he does crack the 53-man roster, there is precedent for that very thing with this team. The Chargers aren’t afraid to use undersized running backs from small schools and Newsome may end up being the next one that gets that shot.