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RB Shaun Draughn - San Diego Chargers

6-0, 205Born: 12-7-1987College: North CarolinaDrafted: ---

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With an injury to Donald Brown and Branden Oliver being needed as the primary running back, the Chargers signed Shaun Draughn and have used him as their kick returner.

Week 8: at Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. This is a crucial AFC West showdown between two of the hottest offenses in the NFL - it should be an exciting, fast-paced game under the Thursday Night lights in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tomorrow. Ryan Mathews isn't expected back for a couple more weeks, so for now the Branden Oliver show will continue in this phase of the game (Donald Brown is still dealing with concussion after-effects and was inactive last week, by the way). Oliver has posted 15/67/0 rushing with 2/11/0 receiving vs. Kansas City and 26/101/1 rushing with 4/23/0 receiving at Oakland over the past two games. He is a competent NFL running back despite his youth and inexperience. The Broncos' rush D is ranked third in the NFL averaging 74.3 yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out to date. Teams tend to get behind Denver so soon in games that they tend to abandon the running game - look at last week's blowout of San Francisco, when the 49ers attempted 46 passes vs. 18 rushes for 62 yards and zero rushing scores. It is an example of what often happens when teams play Denver. Advantage, Broncos.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
4 vs JAX 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 vs NYJ 10 19 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 at OAK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 vs KC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NYJ (10 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With the concussion suffered by RB Donald Brown, Draughn was left as one of the only two healthy backs for the Chargers in the game. But while Branden Oliver ran wild over the Jets, Draughn found the sledding considerably more difficult. The vast majority of his action came late in the game when the Chargers were trying to just run out the clock (i.e., the Jets were fairly certain they were all going to be running plays), but he clearly lacked that second gear Oliver has. It is unknown at this point how much longer starter Ryan Mathews will be out or for that matter how long Donald Brown will be out, but it would stand to reason that Draughn will see a greater workload in the short term.

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Schedule

8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs