Made the 53-man roster out of camp as an undrafted free agent out of Western Carolina, playing nine games in 2018 with 49 rushing yards on 11 carries (4.5 avg.) and two catches for 19 yards (9.5 avg.).
Made the 53-man roster out of camp as an undrafted free agent out of Western Carolina, playing nine games in 2018 with 49 rushing yards on 11 carries (4.5 avg.) and two catches for 19 yards (9.5 avg.)
2018: Saw action in nine games and was inactive for three others…Dressed but did not participate in a game…Registered 49 yards on 11 carries (4.5 avg.)…Hauled in a pair of passes for 19 yards (9.5 avg.)…Posted three tackles on special teams…Participated in a postseason game and was inactive for another…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 9): Made his NFL debut, seeing action on 10 special teams plays…at Buffalo (Sept. 16): Saw the first action of his career on offense, taking his first carry for zero yards…at Los Angeles Rams (Sept. 23): Saw action on six special teams snaps…vs. Tennessee (Wembley Stadium, Oct. 21): Recorded a special teams tackle just one day after promoted from the practice squad…at Seattle (Nov. 4): Inactive (healthy scratch)…at Oakland (Nov. 11): Was part of the 46-man active roster, but did not see any action…vs. Denver (Nov. 18): Inactive (healthy scratch)…vs. Arizona (Nov. 25): Carried the ball four times for 15 yards (3.8 avg.)…at Pittsburgh (Dec. 2): Participated on eight special teams plays…vs. Cincinnati (Dec. 9): Appeared on 12 special teams snaps, registering a special teams tackle…at Kansas City (Dec. 13): Recorded 34 rushing yards on six attempts (5.7 avg.), and two catches for 19 yards (9.5 avg.)…Added a tackle on special teams…vs. Baltimore (Dec. 22): Played 11 special teams snaps…at Denver (Dec. 30): Inactive (healthy scratch)…at Baltimore (AFC Wild Card, Jan. 6): Played a snap on offense and eight on special teams…at New England (AFC Divisional, Jan. 13): Inactive (healthy scratch).
COLLEGE: Played four seasons (2014-17) at Western Carolina, totaling 43 games played…With 3,728 career rushing yards and 37 TDs on 620 attempts (6.0 avg.), ended his career at No. 2 on Western Carolina’s all-time rushing yards and rushing TDs lists…Hauled in 109 passes for 962 yards (8.8 avg.) and seven TDs…Posted 95 kickoff returns for 2,279 yards (24.0 avg.) and two TDs…His 46 total TDs ranked No. 1 in school history…Finished as Western Carolina’s all-time leader with 6,969 all-purpose yards…Posted 16 100-yard rushing games, the second-most in school history…Earned first-team All-Southern Conference honors as a senior and sophomore, and second-team All-Southern Conference recognition as a junior and freshman…Recognized by The Associated Press as a first-team All-American following his junior season.
PERSONAL: Given name Detrez Jermaine Newsome…First name is pronounced DEE-trez…Born in Thomasville, Ga. …Read to children at local elementary schools each semester of college...Earned a degree in marketing from Western Carolina…High School: Named a Southeastern 4A Co-Offensive Player of the Year by the Fayetteville Observer and earned All-conference honors as a senior at Hoke County High in Raeford, N.C. …Rushed for over 2,000 yards and 37 rushing TDs as a senior, including a 402-yard, six-TD performance in the season opener…Lettered three years in football and four in track & field.
CAREER NFL TRANSACTIONS:
2018 Signed by Los Angeles Chargers as undrafted free agent, May 11…Waived by Chargers, Sept. 24…Signed by Chargers to practice squad, Sept. 26…Signed to active roster, Oct. 20.