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Is there another RB worth paying attention to in training camp?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by AnteaterCharger, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    From Don Banks: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/don_banks/07/22/snap.judgments.smith/1.html

    You probably haven't heard much about Shawnbrey McNeal yet, but I'm told that first-round pick Ryan Mathews isn't the only rookie running back worth paying attention to in San Diego this season. McNeal, an undrafted free agent out of SMU, made people notice him during the Chargers' offseason workouts and there's a belief within the organization that he could wind up being the guy who replaces third-down back Darren Sproles in 2011.

    The Chargers franchised Sproles in 2009 and protected him via a one-year, $7.28-million restricted free-agent tender this spring (first and third-round compensation level), a move they had to make after giving Tomlinson his freedom. But while Mathews, the draft's 12th overall pick out of Fresno State, is expected to get No. 1 back duties this season, San Diego is eager to see if McNeal can prove to be a more affordable third-down specialist in the role Sproles has owned in recent years.

    Like Sproles, McNeal is small (5-9, 190) but quick, he runs with power and has good hands. After transferring from the University of Miami, he played for throw-happy head coach June Jones at SMU, so he knows how to catch the ball out of the backfield and get upfield with a sense of fluidity. McNeal left college a year early in order to help support and care for his mother's medical concerns, so he might need a redshirt season of sorts as an NFL rookie. But keep an eye on him in the Chargers' third running back competition this summer.

    Sounds like McNeal has really peaked the interest of the Chargers coaching staff, if he's that good and makes that big of an impact, might force the Chargers to keep him on the roster as opposed to stashing him on the practice squad
  2. Retired Catholic

    Retired Catholic BoltTalker

    Aug 3, 2006
    If McNeal makes it, it means that Brinkley probably goes to taxi squad and Mason goes bye bye, depending on injuries. Waiting with bated breath for training camp-need to see this guy, Buster and whoever is slotted at LT. Butler and Stuckey will be interesting to watch along with Merriman, but they are the ones I want to see.
  3. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    This dude has some SKILLS! I'm excited to see what he can do in camp. Definitely shifty and fast.

  4. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    He's on my predicted final 53. :tup:

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