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Five Things You Need to Know About Dexter McCluster

Here are five things you need to know about new running back Dexter McCluster, who signed with the Charges on Tuesday.

  1. Mr. Versatility – The seven-year veteran has not only lined up at running back over his career, but also wide receiver and returner. Last year, he became the first player since Darren Sproles in 2011 to record at least 200 yards each rushing, receiving, returning kickoffs and bringing back punts in a single season.
  1.  Whiz Kid  - While it can be difficult to learn new systems, McCluster hopefully has a leg up based on his familiarity with Ken Whisenhunt.  The newest Charger played under Whiz from 2014-15 in Tennessee.  During their one full year together in 2014, McCluster played in 14 games, running the ball 40 times for 131 yards with 36 catches for 197 yards and a TD.
  1. Pro Bowl Pedigree – McCluster made the Pro Bowl as a punt returner for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, earning second-team All Pro honors along the way.  He returned a career-high 58 punts that year and led the NFL with 686 yards and two TDs.
  1. Captain McCluster – The 5-8, 170-pound running back is a respected leader, and was voted a team captain last season for the Titans.  He also served as a captain during college at Ole Miss.
  1. AFC West Tested – After spending his first four seasons in Kansas City, McCluster is well versed in the AFC West. He's been a thorn in the side of the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders, not to mention his new team.  Fans likely still remember his 94-yard punt return for a touchdown in Kansas City's 21-14 win to open the 2010 season in McCluster's first career game.
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