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Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:39pm
Chargers RB Ronnie Brown (hamstring, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 15. With Brown likely out, Ryan Mathews could see every-down snaps, though Jackie Battle and/or Le'Ron McClain could get extra work in the running game to allow for Mathews to play on more passing downs.
Thursday, May 31, 2012, 7:10pm
Mathews has a reputation for being injury-prone, but he only missed two games in 2011 after missing four games in 2010. He does have a tendency to get dinged up, but was able to play through it for the most part last season. He had at least 14 touches in all but one game and saw at least 19 touches in eight of his 14 games in 2011. He will be the workhorse back in San Diego as long as he can stay healthy, with Curtis Brinkley and Le'Ron McClain chipping in here and there.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 9:09pm
RB Le'Ron McClain agreed to terms with the Chargers on a three-year contract. At 6-foot, 260 pounds, McClain is more of a fullback and will fill that role in San Diego as the Chargers move on from Jacob Hester.
With the likely departure of Mike Tolbert, McClain could be asked to pick up a bit of slack in the run game but is expected to be used primarily as a blocker.
Monday, October 17, 2011, 12:42pm
Both Chief RBs Jackie Battle and Le'Ron McClain, who were shaken up in the victory against the Colts, are expected to be available when the season resumes Sunday in Oakland, where the Chiefs running game has one definite goal — find the end zone.
This 10-14 range will depend on McCluster's production compared to those of Thomas Jones and Le'Ron McClain. If McCluster is tearing it up, there's a good chance he'll get a few more touches. If Jones and/or McClain are effective running between the tackles, then there's no reason to force feed McCluster the ball.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 12:39pm
After Jamaal Charles exited Sunday’s game, veteran Thomas Jones was the runner who saw the biggest increase in carries. After hearing his number called only twice in the season opener, Jones led the Chiefs with 12 rushing attempts in Detroit.
Physically, Jones is the best candidate for an increase in workload. He hasn’t missed a game since 2005 and rarely fumbles the football. With turnovers plaguing the Chiefs, ball security is nothing to overlook.
Jones was a Pro Bowler as recently as 2009 and won the AFC rushing title as the N.Y. Jets’ workhorse in 2008.
Does Jones have any gas left in the tank? He's averaging 3.1 ypc on the season, but most of his carries came against the Lions and they are much improved defensively. He averaged 3.7 ypc in 2010, but gained just 338 yards on 109 carries (for 3.1 ypc) in the final eight games of the season, including the playoffs. We envision a committee that includes Dexter McCluster (who has already been more involved this season) and Le'Ron McClain.
Charles will apparently have an MRI on Monday to confirm the injury. The Chiefs backfield will likely be a mess going forward with Thomas Jones, Dexter McCluster and possibly Le'Ron McClain each having a role. McCluster appears to have the most upside, at least in PPR formats.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 5:16pm
The 260-pound McClain, who played all four of his NFL seasons with Baltimore, is more than a blocker. A four-year starter for the Ravens, McClain rushed for a career high 902 yards in 2008, but his chances to carry the ball diminished the past two seasons.
He also has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He caught 21 passes in each of the past two seasons.
McClain is a good, hard runner and could be the thunder to Jamaal Charles's lightning. This signing probably hurts the value of Thomas Jones the most, but Charles could also see fewer goal line carries.
We're excited for the first big news item in a long while. This move comes as no surprise. Willis McGahee could have some fantasy value as a goal line back in a good offense. It will be interesting to see if the Ravens can retain RB Le'Ron McClain who has been vocal about wanting more touches.
Ravens RB Le'Ron McClain has been working vigorously this offseason in Alabama to show teams that he is capable of being a ball-carrier again. His speed is up and his weight is down.
So if he returns to the Ravens this year, it probably will have to come with assurances that he'll touch the ball more than 49 times like last season.
"I have no problem getting in there and getting dirty because I love contact," McClain said. "I just want to take my game to another level. No disrespect to anybody, not [offensive coordinator] Cam [Cameron], not John Harbaugh, not Ray Rice or Willis [McGahee]. I just don't want to disrespect my game anymore, like I feel like I've done these last two years."
McClain could be a big time fantasy sleeper this season if he lands in the right situation.
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