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RB Dexter McCluster - San Diego Chargers

5-9, 172Born: 8-25-1988College: MississippiDrafted: Round 2

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Recent Stats and Projections

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3 at IND 9 0 0 0 3 2 9 0 0 0.9
4 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 3 * * * *
4 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3 * * * *
4 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 3 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

McCluster, who possesses a skill set very similar to Danny Woodhead (recently lost for the season with a torn ACL), was signed this week by the Chargers and was modestly worked into the gameplan in this one. Despite limited action, he came close to scoring on two separate occasions. The first was an overthrow on an end zone fade. McCluster was absolutely wide open down the sideline, but the pass from Philip Rivers sailed too far for him to bring in. It could have been a poor throw, or it could have been a little bit of missed timing between two players still learning to play together. In the second half, McCluster was targeted on a third and 4 quick slant to pick up six yards down to the goal line. Melvin Gordon came back on the field for the next play, and ran it in from a yard out.

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Latest News

Chargers | Dexter McCluster to play in Week 3 (Thu Sep 22, 12:35 AM) - San Diego Chargers RB Dexter McCluster is expected to be active for the Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts. He is familiar with the offense, as Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was his head coach in Tennessee. 'I've pretty much got the offense down,' McCluster said Wednesday, Sept. 21. 'Right now, it's just repetition, being on the same page as the quarterback. I sat in with the offensive line for a short period this morning, just to build that camaraderie, see how I fit in and let them know, 'Hey, I'm serious about what I'm doing'.'

Our View: No surprise here really. McCluster knows the offense, and can get his way onto the field immediately. That doesn't mean he has fantasy relevance in Week 3.
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Chargers | Dexter McCluster signs with Chargers (Tue Sep 20, 03:47 PM) - Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Dexter McCluster (Titans) signed with the San Diego Chargers Tuesday, Sept. 20. WR Isaiah Burse was subsequently waived.

Our View: Without Danny Woodhead, the Chargers needed to sign a change-of-pace back. McCluster knows the system as he worked under Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt when the two were with the Titans. McCluster can fill the Woodhead role, but he won't look as good or be as productive. We think Melvin Gordon gets an even larger role with Woodhead out.
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Chargers | San Diego likely to sign Dexter McCluster (Tue Sep 20, 01:40 PM) - Free-agent RB Dexter McCluster (Titans) is expected to sign RB Dexter McCluster shortly to fill the pass-catching role out of the backfield left behind by the season-ending ACL injury to Danny Woodhead, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Our View: McCluster played under Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt when both were with the Tennessee Titans. He can play the Woodhead role, he just won't look as good or be as productive. We still think Woodhead's injury just opens the door for Melvin Gordon to do more -- and he's looked fantastic this year.
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Schedule

4vs New Orleans Saints
5@ Oakland Raiders
6vs Denver Broncos
7@ Atlanta Falcons
8@ Denver Broncos
9vs Tennessee Titans
10vs Miami Dolphins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
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13vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Carolina Panthers
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16@ Cleveland Browns
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