Following Danny Woodhead‘s unfortunate season-ending injury during the home opener against the Jaguars, the Chargers had to take a look at the available free agent running backs to find a decent replacement.
Chargers to sign RB Dexter McCluster. He was their top target after Danny Woodhead’s injury: https://t.co/un7lcS8PpX
— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) September 20, 2016
The team just announced they’ve signed former Chiefs and Titans running back Dexter McCluster. That he was the Bolts first choice makes sense for two reasons.
First, McCluster – like Woodhead – is a smaller elusive running back with good enough pass catching skills to be a threat out of the backfield. He has 229 career receptions for 1957 yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. He fits the role Woodhead played in the Chargers offense, although, obviously not at the same level. McCluster also has NFL experience as a kick and punt returner, which adds value for the team.
To help replace Danny Woodhead, Chargers plan to sign former Titans and Chiefs RB Dexter McCluster, per source. https://t.co/zihxSgd4zt
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 20, 2016
Second, he spent the last two years with the Tennessee Titans, where Ken Whisenhunt was the head coach. It’s no secret the Chargers prefer players who have a history with the coaching staff in one way or another. McCluster’s familiarity with Whisenhunt’s offense should help him adjust faster. It’s a possibility he’ll have his first snaps as a Bolt this weekend in Indianapolis.
In order to make room on the roster, the team cut wide receiver Isaiah Burse. The Chargers signed former Colts WR Griff Whalen on Monday. According to Michael Gehlken from the Union Tribune Whalen will be active on Sunday against his old team.