Detrez Newsome, Running back
The Chargers have a solid nucleus of running backs and Detrez Newsome, another undrafted darling found by Tom Telesco, is part of that.
Newsome made the initial 53-man roster last year, mainly due to an injury to Justin Jackson, but then was dropped and signed to the practice squad before being called up later in the season. He posted paltry numbers during the regular season but made some eye-popping plays last preseason that made it clear he belongs on this level.
We have already talked about why the team should retain Newsome, but at the very least, he will be a tough guy to cut.
Newsome is a small, compact runner with a straight-ahead style. He can also be an effective receiver out of the backfield. He’s the exact type of player you want to be able to bring into a game on a whim and get a spark from. He can certainly provide that.
The Chargers have Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Jackson at running back and all three will almost certainly make the team. Another name to keep an eye on is undrafted rookie Jeremy Cox, who could easily make a splash as well.
Newsome has to make the most out of every rep he gets this summer so the coaching staff is faced with a decision they just can’t make.