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San Diego Chargers Rookie Minicamp

With the predictions and mere speculation over after the NFL Draft, it’s time to get to work. Some call it, “Rookie minicamp first impressions.” 

A rookie who’s already made an impression on the San Diego Chargers is 21-year-old, Marion Grice.

According to Tom Krasovic from U-T San Diego, San Diego State University alumni and Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk says the Chargers “struck sixth-round gold” in Grice. 

“And don’t leave out Grice. I think that kid is going to be special – the speed that he provides and the mismatches that he’s going to bring.” 

Having only spent two seasons at Arizona State University, Grice scored 39 career touchdowns (fourth-most in school history), while totaling 3,045 all-purpose yards on rushes, receptions and kickoff returns.

As a junior, he scored 11 rushing touchdowns and his eight receiving touchdowns were the most in the nation by a running back. As a senior, Grice led the team with 1,941 all-purpose yards (second-most in school history) and he was the only NCAA FBS player in the nation with at least 400 yards in each of the previously-mentioned categories. 

Grice did not participate in rookie camp due to a foot injury he suffered towards the end of his senior season. He should be ready by training camp.

The Chargers have three running backs already in Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown. It’s questionable if Grice will be a fourth, but regardless, he is good insurance. Mathews and Woodhead are both under contract for one more year, and Mathews’ future with the Chargers afterwards remains uncertain. Grice adds depth for this season and he can play special teams, which is definitely an upside if he makes it to the 53-man roster. 

Bolts side notes: 

The team now have five of their six draft picks under contract. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (second round), guard Chris Watt (third round), defensive tackle Ryan Carrethers (fifth round), running back Marion Grice (sixth round) and wide receiver Tevin Reese (seventh round) each signed four-year contracts. 

The only one who remains is first-round pick cornerback Jason Verrett. Verrett, who is rehabbing a shoulder injury, is expected to participate and report to training camp on July 24. 

The Chargers also signed free agent running back Branden Oliver from the University of Buffalo. Oliver finished his collegiate career as the University of Buffalo’s all-time leading rusher with 4,909 career yards and second all-time in career touchdowns with 33. 

With the move, the Chargers waived tackle Ian White and wide receiver Tobias Palmer. 

Photo by Kent C. Horner, Getty Images.  

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Laramee Bishop

Laramee Bishop is a sports journalist hailing from San Diego. She currently works as a producer and editor at NFL Network in Los Angeles. Her previous line of work includes: U-T San Diego, U-T TV, Quiksilver, and TransWorld Media.