Chargers training camp 2015: Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead lead intriguing group of running backs

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The San Diego Chargers wrapped up their first week of training camp on Sunday, August 2 as they prepare for their first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Among all training camp battles the biggest one is arguably at the running back position. The top two spots should be a virtual lock by 2015 first-round pick Melvin Gordon and versatile running back Danny Woodhead. 

Gordon has looked great during individual drills but will still need to improve on his field vision as he has missed some running lanes and stumbled over his lineman.

As for Woodhead, the veteran has looked extremely sharp and showed great quickness and agility during  individual drills and has taken most of the first team snaps during 11-on-11 drills. It should be a sign of optimism given he broke his ankle during the game against the Buffalo Bills in September 2014.

But the real battle will be for the third running back spot between Branden Oliver and Donald Brown.

It is too early to say who is in the lead but there is a good chance that Brown could be the odd-man out in San Diego. Thus far, he has not done anything to really separate himself from the crowd and hasn’t demonstrated the he is worth $3 million that he is owed this season.

It is hard to imagine general manager Tom Telesco carrying four running backs on the roster especially with other glaring needs. He can use the money saved and the roster spot to add depth to the defensive line position after losing Tenny Palepoi to a broken foot on Saturday, August 1 during the teams first practice in full pads.

In the next few weeks the team will start to trim the roster down to prepare for the regular season. It’ll be interesting to see what they will do with either Oliver or Brown and if they bring anyone in to bolster the defensive line.

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Daiki Sato

Daiki Sato a Southern California native and San Diego State Alumni. Loves all things sports. He covers the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Dodgers for Sports Out West.


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