Thursday, May 17, 2012
Le'Ron McClain gives Chargers options
By Bill Williamson
San Diego coach Norv Turner is thrilled about the addition of former Kansas City fullback Le’Ron McClain to the Chargers’ backfield.
“The guy I’m really excited that we added in the offseason is Le’Ron McClain, because he’s a very versatile player and he’s a big old-school fullback,” Turner said in a radio interview. “But he’s a good runner, he’s got good catching skills and I think he’ll be a big addition.”
It has to make you wonder if the Chargers feel set at running back. McClain had a total of 89 carries in the past three seasons combined with the Chiefs and Ravens. In 2008 with Baltimore, McClain had 902 yards on 232 carries.
With McClain as an option along with starter Ryan Mathews, Curtis Brinkley and rookie Edwin Baker, the Chargers may feel fine at running back. They looked at backup running backs prior to the draft, but they haven’t pursued many running backs in the past few weeks.
Perhaps Turner’s comments on McClain indicate he could have a big role.