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  Saints | Several FAs trying out    Sat May 17, 11:58 AM

Free-agent QB Jordan Jefferson (Buccaneers), FB Jacob Hester (Broncos), WR Armanti Edwards (Browns), C Samson Satele (Colts) and DE Jamaal Anderson (Bears) are participating in the New Orleans Saints' minicamp on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: The Saints are going through these veteran retreads to see if anything is left. We're not expecting much from any of the players listed.

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  Broncos | Adrian Robinson claimed    Mon Sep 2, 03:39 AM

The Denver Broncos claimed LB Adrian Robinson off waivers from the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 1. In addition, Denver released FB Jacob Hester.

Footballguys view: Robinson will work as a part time pass-rusher for the Broncos. The team is thin at pass-rusher with Von Miller suspended for the first six games of the regular season.

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  Broncos | Jeremiah Johnson having strong camp    Wed Jul 31, 11:36 PM

Denver Broncos RB Jeremiah Johnson is having a fantasy training camp, but he is competing at a very tough position, with the likes of RBs Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball, Knowshon Moreno, FB Jacob Hester, Lance Ball and even C.J. Anderson ahead of him in the pecking order.

Footballguys view: Johnson always has a strong training camp only to fade if he gets a shot in the regular season. He can burst outside and is good in the open field. However, he's swallowed up when running inside.

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Montee Ball player page
Ronnie Hillman player page


  Broncos | Could see FB Hester all over the place    Sun Jun 23, 04:44 PM

When the Denver Broncos open up training camp we could see FB Jacob Hester lining up all over the place (RB, FB, H-back) according to Andrew Mason from DenverBroncos.com.

Footballguys view: Hester is a versatile player who can line up on special teams as well. That versatility could earn him a spot on the final roster. Hester's fantasy value is nearly non-existent as he may only see a few snaps per game.

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Knowshon Moreno player page
Montee Ball player page
Ronnie Hillman player page


  Browns | Trent Richardson's durability in question?    Sun Jun 2, 11:07 PM

The Cleveland Browns have stocked up at the running back position, and it might have to do somewhat with the injury history of RB Trent Richardson. However, it also has to do with the uncertainty at the fullback position.

Footballguys view: Richardson was banged up last year as a rookie and it affected his play. He's been bothered by a minor shin injury most recently this offseason. If healthy Richardson has the physical ability to be a top 5 fantasy RB.

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  Broncos | Have depth at RB    Mon Jan 7, 03:47 PM

The Denver Broncos have employed a next-man-up attitude at running back this year after RB Willis McGahee (knee) went down, and the team has been successful with RB Knowshon Moreno in his absence. Their 114.5 yards rushing per game ranks seventh in the league. RB Ronnie Hillman fumbled early in the team's Week 17 game and was benched for the rest of the game in favor of RBs Lance Ball and Jacob Hester. Denver still managed to run for 172 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in that contest. 'If you want to say one thing that's great about this team, it's that nobody's selfish,' Ball said. 'That's what you need to have a championship team.'

Footballguys view: McGahee is allowed to return if the Broncos play in the AFC Championship Game. If he does play then he will serve as the primary backup behind Moreno.

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  Broncos | Week 14 Inactives    Thu Dec 6, 07:03 PM

The Denver Broncos have declared QB Caleb Hanie, OG Chris Kuper, FB Jacob Hester, TE Julius Thomas, DL Sealver Siliga, CB Tracy Porter, LB Wesley Woodyard inactive for Week 14.

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  Broncos | Week 13 Inactives    Sun Dec 2, 02:42 PM

The Denver Broncos have declared WR Brandon Stokley, OG C.J. Davis, QB Caleb Hanie, FB Jacob Hester, TE Julius Thomas, DL Robert Ayers, CB Tracy Porter inactive for Week 13.

Footballguys view: Stokley will miss a very good matchup against a struggling Buccaneers secondary. Eric Decker and Jacob Tamme both get a bump with Stokley out.

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  Broncos | Jacob Hester signed     Mon Nov 26, 01:02 PM

The Denver Broncos have signed free-agent FB Jacob Hester (Chargers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Hester is going to help the Broncos out in short yardage situations. He'll play in their RBBC with Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman.

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  Bears | Work out two running backs    Tue Sep 25, 05:27 PM

The Chicago Bears worked out free-agent RBs Ryan Grant (Packers) and Jacob Hester (Chargers) Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Footballguys view: The Bears are putting together a veteran emergency list here. There are some who speculate the Redskins may actually be interested in signing Grant because of the injuries to Roy Helu and Evan Royster.

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  Chargers | Make roster moves    Sat Sep 1, 12:51 PM

The San Diego Chargers have released DE Jacques Cesaire, OT Anthony X. Davis, OT Mario Henderson, FB Jacob Hester and PK Nick Novak. The team waived RB Edwin Baker, OG Colin Baxter, OT Charlie Bryant, LB Ricky Elmore, LB Darryl Gamble, CB Greg Gatson, DE Logan Harrell, CB Arthur Hobbs, QB Jarrett Lee, P Robert Malone, CB De'Andre Presley, DE Damik Scafe, OF Stephen Schilling, TE Kory Sperry and WR Mike Willie. The team also placed SS Sean Cattouse (undisclosed) on Injured Reserve.

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Nick Novak player page
Jacob Hester player page
Kory Sperry player page


  Chargers | Jacob Hester has right arm in sling    Fri Jun 22, 10:05 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (shoulder) has a shoulder injury, according to head coach Norv Turner, and he will be re-evaluated. Hester was in a sling Friday, June 22, after suffering the injury in practice Thursday, June 21.

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  Chargers | Jacob Hester does not think injury serious    Fri Jun 22, 01:50 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (shoulder) said he does not think the shoulder injury he suffered during practice Thursday, June 21, is serious.

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  Chargers | Jacob Hester injured    Fri Jun 22, 02:48 AM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (shoulder) left the team's practice Thursday, June 21, with a left shoulder injury. The severity of it is not known at this time.

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  Chargers | Jacob Hester re-signs    Fri Apr 13, 08:32 PM

The San Diego Chargers re-signed FB Jacob Hester to a one-year deal Friday, April 13. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Hester generated little interest on the open market and some thought San Diego would take their offer off the table on Monday if he didn't sign. Even though Mike Tolbert moved on to the Panthers in free agency we don't think Hester's role will expand that much.

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  Chargers | Have deadlines for two FAs to make decisions    Thu Apr 12, 04:16 PM

The San Diego Chargers have are giving free-agent FB Jacob Hester (Chargers) and OT Mario Henderson (Raiders) a few more days to decide whether accept their offers and will pull their offers off the table if they two do not make decisions. The team is giving Hester until Monday, April 16, to decide and giving Henderson until Sunday, April 15.

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  Seahawks | Jacob Hester visits     Thu Apr 12, 09:52 AM

Free-agent FB Jacob Hester (Chargers) visited the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Hester is a versatile FB who can help out as a runner, blocker, or receiver out of the backfield. If added he'd be the second-string FB on the Seahawks roster behind Michael Robinson.

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  Chargers | Have extended offer to Jacob Hester    Thu Mar 29, 12:38 AM

The San Diego Chargers have extended a contract offer to free-agent FB Jacob Hester (Chargers), who would return to a reserve role and as a special teamer.

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  Chargers | Offers extended to several free agents    Wed Mar 21, 12:23 PM

The San Diego Chargers have offers extended to free-agents FB Jacob Hester, NT Antonio Garay and DE Luis A. Castillo about returning to the team in 2012. All three are unrestricted free agents and can continue to test the market as they choose.

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  Chargers | Jacob Hester hopeful to stay    Tue Mar 13, 09:14 PM

Free-agent FB Jacob Hester (Chargers) is interested in returning to the San Diego Chargers, and his role would be a new one in 2012. If he returns, he would serve as the backup fullback and play on special teams. 'I'm being patient,' Hester said. 'Hopefully, something will work out.'

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  Chargers | Expected to re-sign Jacob Hester    Sun Mar 11, 02:12 PM

The San Diego Chargers are expected to re-sign impending free-agent FB Jacob Hester at some point this offseason.

Footballguys view: The Chargers could keep Hester around and give him a slightly bigger role in 2012. They should lose FB Mike Tolbert in free agency, which would open up opportunity for RB/FBs behind Ryan Mathews.

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  Chargers | Expected to make strong play to keep Jacob Hester    Sat Jan 7, 03:25 PM

The San Diego Chargers are expected to make a strong play to try and re-sign impending free-agent FB Jacob Hester this offseason.

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  Chargers | Three probable for Week 8    Sun Oct 30, 12:17 AM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (foot), OT Marcus McNeill (neck) and OG Scott Mruczkowski (neck) each practiced in full Saturday, Oct. 29, and are listed as probable for Week 8.

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  Chargers | Five players practice    Sat Oct 29, 06:18 PM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (foot), WR Malcom Floyd (hip), C Scott Mruczkowski (neck), OT Marcus McNeill (neck) and FS Darrell Stuckey (groin) fully participated in practice Saturday, Oct. 29.

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  Chargers | Curtis Brinkley, Jacob Hester might see added touches    Fri Oct 28, 10:24 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Curtis Brinkley and FB Jacob Hester might see added touches in the Week 8 game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Oct. 31, if RB Mike Tolbert (hamstring) cannot go.

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  Chargers | Three limited during practice    Thu Oct 27, 09:54 PM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (foot), OG Scott Mruczkowski (neck) and OT Marcus McNeill (neck) were limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 27.

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  Chargers | Three probable    Fri Oct 21, 04:00 PM

San Diego Chargers DL Jacques Cesaire (knee), CB Marcus Gilchrist (knee) and FB Jacob Hester (foot) are listed as probable for Week 7. Hester was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 21, while Cesaire and Gilchrist practiced in full.

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  Chargers | Plan to carry more RBs    Mon Oct 10, 06:20 PM

The San Diego Chargers will 'probably' carry four active running backs for their remaining games, according to head coach Norv Turner. RBs Ryan Mathews (calf) and Mike Tolbert (concussion) are expected back for the team's next game in Week 7. RB Jacob Hester is expected to be the third back, and the team will sign FB Frank Summers or RB Curtis Brinkley from the practice squad. RB Jordan Todman won't necessarily be the fourth running back; the team likes him but sees him as a contributor in the future.

Footballguys view: Todman's inability to get on the active roster when the team is carrying four backs shows you exactly where he is in his development.

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Mike Tolbert player page
Frank Summers player page
Ryan Mathews player page


  Chargers | Randy McMichael filled in at FB    Sun Oct 9, 11:05 PM

San Diego Chargers TE Randy McMichael was moved to fullback late in the second half of the Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos with FB Jacob Hester handling the feature back duties with RB Ryan Mathews (calf) absent.

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  Chargers | Jacob Hester sees 13 touches in Week 5    Sun Oct 9, 09:11 PM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester had 11 carries for 47 yards in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos, and he added two receptions for 13 yards. He actually had more total touches (13) than RB Mike Tolbert (8). Tolbert ended up with five carries for 24 yards, and three catches for 25 yards.

Footballguys view: With Tolbert out due to a concussion, Hester looked as strong as he ever has and showed he has fantasy value if he is called upon. The Chargers RBs should get healthy during the bye, but this performance is something to remember if injuries force the Chargers to use him extensively as a tailback again.

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Mike Tolbert player page


  Chargers | Two leave briefly with undisclosed injuries    Sun Sep 25, 09:25 PM

San Diego Chargers DL Antonio Garay (undisclosed) and FB Jacob Hester (undisclosed) left the Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs briefly, but both were able to return and finish the game.

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  Chargers | Captains selected for season    Fri Sep 9, 09:08 PM

San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner announced Friday, Sept. 9, that C Nick Hardwick and QB Philip Rivers will be the team's offensive captains, with FB Jacob Hester as the special teams captain, and LB Takeo Spikes and FS Eric Weddle as defensive captains.

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  Chargers | Trying to replace Darren Sproles    Sun Jul 31, 11:46 PM

The San Diego Chargers could use a combination of RBs Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert and Jacob Hester on third downs as they try to replace departed RB Darren Sproles. None of them have shown Sproles' acumen for running routes or pass protection, so the team is looking for someone to step up on third downs. Tolbert seems to have the best all-around skill set right now to be Sproles' replacement, but Mathews is still an unknown in that department. Mathews has spent a lot of time in training camp improving on his blitz pick up, which he feels is starting to show.

Footballguys view: Tolbert has at least matchup flex value even if Ryan Mathews knocks it out of the park, but if Mathews 2011 is anything like his 2010, Tolbert will have borderline RB1 value for part of the season.

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Mike Tolbert player page
Ryan Mathews player page


  Chargers | Three vying for work on passing downs    Sun Jul 31, 02:00 AM

San Diego Chargers RBs Ryan Mathews, Mike Tolbert and FB Jacob Hester are vying to serve as the back on passing downs, replacing the departed RB Darren Sproles. 'Mike knows this stuff really well,' Mathews said. 'And I'm 180 degrees from last year in pass protection and catching the ball. This will give us a chance to show off our skills.'

Footballguys view: Tolbert is the good bet to win this job, capping Mathews upside at an RB2, and making him a viable flex play with RB1 upside in the event that Mathews misses time again this year.

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Mike Tolbert player page
Ryan Mathews player page


  Chargers | Week 17 Inactives    Sun Jan 2, 03:40 PM

The San Diego Chargers have declared DL Cam Thomas, FS Darrell Stuckey, LB Darry Beckwith, FB Jacob Hester, LB Larry English, WR Patrick Crayton, DL Travis Johnson, SS Tyrone Carter inactive for Week 17.

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Jacob Hester player page
Larry English player page
Darry Beckwith player page
Cam Thomas player page
Darrell Stuckey player page


  Chargers | Three doubtful for Week 17    Fri Dec 31, 08:25 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Patrick Crayton (wrist), LB Larry English (foot) and FB Jacob Hester (knee) were unable to practice Friday, Dec. 31, reports Scott Bair, of the North County Times. Each player is considered doubtful and not expected to play.

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Larry English player page


  Chargers | Six miss practice Thursday    Thu Dec 30, 05:12 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Stephen Cooper (knee), WR Patrick Crayton (wrist), LB Larry English (foot), FB Jacob Hester (knee), OG Scott Mruczkowski (ankle) and RB Mike Tolbert (neck, shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 30.

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Patrick Crayton player page
Jacob Hester player page
Mike Tolbert player page
Larry English player page


  Chargers | Six miss practice Wednesday    Wed Dec 29, 06:22 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Antwan Applewhite (ankle), LB Stephen Cooper (knee), LB Larry English (foot), FB Jacob Hester (knee), OG Scott Mruczkowski (ankle) and RB Mike Tolbert (neck, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 29.

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Antwan Applewhite player page
Jacob Hester player page
Mike Tolbert player page
Larry English player page


  Chargers | Five probable for Week 16    Fri Dec 24, 06:57 PM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (illness), WR Kelley Washington (hip), OG Louis Vasquez (neck) and LBs Antwan Applewhite (ankle) and Brandon Siler (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 24, reports Scott Bair, of the North County Times. They are listed as probable for Week 16 and are expected to play.

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Brandon Siler player page
Antwan Applewhite player page
Jacob Hester player page


  Chargers | Seven practice fully    Thu Dec 23, 07:00 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Antwan Applewhite (ankle), WR Patrick Crayton (wrist), FB Jacob Hester (illness), RB Ryan Mathews (illness), LB Brandon Siler (ribs), OG Louis Vasquez (neck) and WR Kelley Washington (hip) all practiced fully Thursday, Dec. 23.

Footballguys view: Crayton may break into the lineup this week with Malcom Floyd likely out, but it's tough to trust him in his first week back from a wrist injury.

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Patrick Crayton player page
Brandon Siler player page
Antwan Applewhite player page
Jacob Hester player page
Ryan Mathews player page


  Chargers | Four miss practice Wednesday    Wed Dec 22, 05:50 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Antwan Applewhite (ankle), LB Stephen Cooper (knee), LB Larry English (foot) and FB Jacob Hester (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 22.

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  Chargers | Four miss practice Wednesday    Wed Dec 22, 05:50 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Antwan Applewhite (ankle), LB Stephen Cooper (knee), LB Larry English (foot) and FB Jacob Hester (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 22.

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  Chargers | Jacob Hester probable for Week 12    Fri Nov 26, 09:06 PM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (foot) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 26, according to Scott Bair of The North County Times. Hester is listed as probable and expected to play in Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts

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  Chargers | Four players limited Thursday    Thu Nov 25, 06:12 PM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (foot), WR Legedu Naanee (hamstring), DE Travis Johnson (shoulder) and CB Donald Strickland (hip) were limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 25.

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  Chargers | Six miss practice Wednesday    Wed Nov 24, 07:21 PM

San Diego Chargers WR Patrick Crayton (wrist), FB Jacob Hester (foot), DL Travis Johnson (shoulder), TE Randy McMichael (hamstring), CB Donald Strickland (hip) and OG Louis Vasquez (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 24.

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  Chargers | Two probable for Week 2    Fri Sep 17, 07:11 PM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (foot) and LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 17, reports Scott Bair, of the North County Times. Both are listed as probable for Week 2 and are expected to practice.

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  Chargers | Three miss practice time Thursday    Thu Sep 16, 07:22 PM

San Diego Chargers LB Stephen Cooper (knee) did not take part in practice Thursday, Sept. 16, while LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') and FB Jacob Hester (foot) went through limited participation.

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  Chargers | Two limited in practice Wednesday    Wed Sep 15, 08:23 PM

San Diego Chargers FB Jacob Hester (foot) and LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') were both limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 15.

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  Chargers | Could keep only two RBs on roster    Mon Aug 23, 01:46 PM

The San Diego Chargers may keep only RBs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles on the final roster because none of the other running backs are grabbing the No. 3 running back job, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee. FB Mike Tolbert has looked strong as a runner during the preseason, so he could make the team along with FB Jacob Hester.

Footballguys view: We think the Chargers could elect to keep rookie RB Shawnbrey McNeal around. McNeal started his college career at Miami, but transferred to SMU and became their feature back. He's not the biggest guy, but he runs well between the tackles and is dangerous in open space because of his quickness and agility.

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  Chargers | If Sproles doesn't return, team has options    Sun Feb 28, 11:42 AM

Kevin Acee, of The San Diego Union-Tribune, reports if the San Diego Chargers are not able to retain free-agent RB Darren Sproles, the team is going to have to essentially reconfigure their entire backfield.

Footballguys view: Options for the Chargers include bringing in a veteran running back (like Thomas Jonhes) to take some burden off of a rookie back, give RB Michael Bennett a larger role or work FBs Jacob Hester and Mike Tolbert into the offense more.

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