Le'Ron McClain may get increased role

August, 3, 2012
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SAN DIEGO -- Le'Ron McClain can move like a tailback. But he has the work ethic of a fullback.

So, if he doesn’t get the chance to run the ball and is relegated to fullback duties, McClain has no problem. He goes ahead and blocks. However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to carry the rock once in a while. That’s why he is so thrilled to be a San Diego Charger.

“I’m in sweet San Diego, baby,” McClain said.

Nothing is sweeter than getting some carries to go along with those linebacker blocking assignments. McClain will not evoke memories of LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego, but he will get some carries.

“That’s all I want,” McClain said. “I will do whatever the team wants and it seems the coaches here want me to carry the ball some, and I’m all for that.”

McClain, who played in Kansas City last season, had a total of 89 carries the past three seasons while with the Ravens and Chiefs. In 2008, McClain had on 902 yards on 232 carries. He likely won’t get that many this seasons, but the Chargers are not afraid to give him the ball.

“Whatever they want, I’ll be ready,” McClain said.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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