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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Training Camp Preview: Running Backs
Mathews – Entering his fifth season, the physical, punishing running back aims to build off his finest season to date. The 6-0, 220-pound battering ram set career-highs a year ago in carries (285) and yards (1,255), while tying his career-high with seven touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving).
Woodhead – The versatile jack-of-all-trades was another Chargers running back to post a career year in 2013. Woodhead set a career high with 106 carries for 429 yards and two scores on the ground. However, he was especially lethal in the passing game, where he set career highs with 76 catches for 605 yards and six touchdowns. In fact, he finished the season just one catch behind Antonio Gates for the team lead.
Brown- The Bolts struck early in free agency to secure one of the best rushers on the market, agreeing to a late night deal with the dynamic Brown. General Manager Tom Telesco knows the 5-10, 207-pounder quite well, playing a prominent role in the Indianapolis Colts’ front office when they took him with the 27th overall pick. Over his first five seasons, Brown has carried the ball 551 times for 2,377 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averages 4.3 yards per carry and is known for ball security, having only one career fumble on his ledger.
Grice – With three potent rushers already on the roster, some outside of Chargers Park were surprised the Bolts drafted Grice in the sixth round this past May. However, Telesco has always vowed to take the best available player, and the Chargers feel like they did just that by adding the Arizona State running back. The 6-0, 208-pounder is a touchdown machine, recording 39 TDs in his 24-game ASU career.
Williams – The 5-8, 200-pound product from Utah State joined the Bolts practice squad in the middle of the season, spending valuable time within the system.
Oliver – The Bolts added the 5-8, 203-pound rookie out of Buffalo in late May after a standout senior season. Oliver ran 310 times for 1,535 yards and 15 touchdowns, becoming the Buffalo Bulls all-time leading rusher. He finished his career with 866 carries for 4,049 yards and 33 touchdowns. A two-time first team All-MAC selection, he was named the conference's offensive player of the week three times last year.
Boren – The former Ohio State star agreed to a futures contact with the Chargers on Jan. 7, and is the only fullback currently on the roster. The 6-0, 255-pounder was in training camp with the Houston Texans a year ago and brings a physical presence to the backfield.