<strong>June 27, 2005</strong>
Source: <a href="http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/8602164">NFL.com</a>
San Diego also drafted a running back who turned out to be the team's most impressive rookie at the minicamp. Rookie back Darren Sproles wowed the Chargers fans in attendance and, even more important, San Diego's defenders. Cornerback Quentin Jammer said the 5-foot-6, 181-pound Sproles was so small and so quick that he was impossible to see. Every time Sproles touched the football, fans cheered and defenders froze. Problem is, with LaDainian Tomlinson and Jesse Chatman in San Diego's backfield, Sproles might not be able to touch it very often at running back, other than on third down. So San Diego is planning to use Sproles as its punt and kick returner -- positions where there is a decided need. Eric Parker returned punts last year, but San Diego needs to preserve him. Tim Dwight returned kicks before moving on to New England. Look for Sproles on special teams. But also look for him to make the occasional appearance out of the backfield.