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Thursday, May 31, 2012, 7:10pm
Norv Turner expects Ryan Mathews to have a "breakout" year
Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 7:44pm
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.
Haley: Dexter McCluster to get 10-14 touches
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 5:13pm
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.
Schefter: Jamaal Charles is "out for the year"
Sunday, September 18, 2011, 8:04pm
Schefter on the injury: "Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles tore his ACL and is out for the year, according to a source familiar with the situation."
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.
Ravens RB Willis McGahee to be released
Monday, July 25, 2011, 5:28pm
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.
Le'Ron McClain feels he's been disrespecting his game
Monday, July 18, 2011, 3:40pm
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.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 12:37pm
McClain has lobbied unsuccessfully to become more involved on offense since rushing for a career-high 902 yards and 10 touchdowns two seasons ago with his role as a ball-carrier dwindling more each year.
McClain could have real fantasy value as a short-yardage, goal line option for the right team. McClain has indicated that he wants to go to a situation where he can get back to carrying the ball.
Details of proposed CBA include 4 years needed for UFA status
Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 2:46pm
Details of a proposed collective bargaining agreement being pitched to NFL owners Tuesday, according to sources:
• Players get 48 percent of "all revenue," without extra $1-billion-plus off top that previously had been requested by owners.
• Players' share will never dip below 46.5 percent, under new formula being negotiated.
• Teams required to spend minimum 90-93 percent of the salary cap.
• Rookie wage scale part of deal but still being "tweaked."
• Four years needed for unrestricted free-agent status. Certain tags will be retained, but still being discussed.
• 18-game regular season designated only as negotiable item and at no point is mandated in deal.
• New 16-game Thursday night TV package beginning in 2012.
• Owners still will get some expense credits that will allow funding for new stadiums.
• Retirees to benefit from improved health care, pension benefits as revenue projected to double to $18 million by 2016.
While it's great news that positive progress is being made in labor negotiations, the biggest note of interest to fantasy owners is that only 4 years of service will be needed for unrestricted free-agent status. This would increase the crop of free agents once free agency begins to include not only the players with 6 years service, but also the players with 5 & 4 years vested.
Some notable players likely effected: Ahmad Bradshaw, James Jones, Steve Breaston, Lance Moore, DeAngelo Williams, Santonio Holmes, Joseph Addai, Malcom Floyd, Sidney Rice, Michael Bush, Tarvaris Jackson, Le'Ron McClain, Zach Miller
RB LeRon McClain wants more touches
Sunday, February 20, 2011, 12:49am
And not touching the football nearly as much as he wanted could complicate McClain's decision on whether he'll return.
"It's a great fit blocking in this offense, if that's all you want to do every week," McClain told the National Football Post in a telephone interview. "When you feel like you can give a lot more and have proven you can do a lot more and all you're doing is blocking, it's a little frustrating at times when they're telling you, 'All you got to do is go block this guy.' But I never let it get to me. I take pride in my game.
"I gave it my all. With all my heart and might and will, I blocked for Ray Rice. My frustration comes from wanting to do more. When we lost that game against Pittsburgh in the playoffs to not even get one attempt, it was pretty frustrating."
McClain rushed for a career-high 902 yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2008 season.
McClain could be a viable fantasy option if he lands in the right situation, or plays a bigger role in Baltimore with Willis McGahee likely released.
Monday, January 17, 2011, 11:34am
The Ravens have several pending unrestricted free agents.
That includes wide receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Donte' Stallworth, offensive tackles Marshal Yanda and Jared Gaither, offensive guards Chris Chester and Tony Moll, fullback Le'Ron McClain, backup quarterback Marc Bulger, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, cornerbacks Chris Carrand Fabian Washington and strong safety Dawan Landry, kicker Billy Cundiff and punter Sam Koch.
Plus, running back Willis McGahee is unlikely to be back unless he takes a drastic pay cut from his scheduled base salary of $6 million for next season under his seven-year, $40.12 million contract that has three remaining years with $19.7 million left on his contract.
Meanwhile, McClain remains frustrated that he didn't get more involved in the offense beyond blocking.