SAN DIEGO – Rookie
An illegal man downfield penalty erased the score from the stat sheet, but it illustrated what Todman may bring to the Chargers’ roster 10 days after
“In our practices our backs caught a lot of balls against (Dallas),” Head Coach Norv Turner said. “All our backs are outstanding receivers and they do a good job of not only catching it but getting the ball turned up when they catch it.”
Drafting Todman and watching free agent Darren Sproles sign with New Orleans brought attention to the Chargers’ running backs as pass-catchers this preseason, as Sproles led San Diego with 59 receptions last season.
The number of passes to backs remains an open spigot, though, as the Chargers have produced 13 such receptions in two preseason games, or 36.1 percent of San Diego’s completions (the rate was 35.7 percent last year).
“The running backs are a big part of our passing game,”
“The more and more we keep them involved, the tougher it is. You have all those guys running up the field and then when they have to account for (the backs), you really have to defend the whole field.”
Through two preseason games, Rivers’ teammates have lauded him for taking what the defense allows and not trying to force anything downfield. Rivers and
“We had one ball to Vincent. Other than that it was a lot of quick stuff, dinking and dunking in the flats, throwing some quick things,” Rivers said of Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. “They were playing a big, soft shell, kind of an umbrella, and not letting us run by them. It’s going to be nice the more we can mix our intermediate passing game and the run (with completions downfield). We’ll be better off.”