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RB Dexter McCluster - San Diego Chargers

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

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2016 Week 7 vs ATL (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

McCluster's afternoon didn't go well, as he came on in relief of Melvin Gordon early on and was immediately responsible for a turnover. He allowed a short pass from Philip Rivers to bounce off his hands for an interception, who nearly returned it for a touchdown. And late in the third quarter, Kenneth Farrow came on in relief of Gordon and looked very effective on consecutive rushing attempts. Those didn't directly involve McCluster of course, but the success of any other players in the pecking order can only be seen as a negative thing for McCluster's chances to take the field in any meaningful way.

2016 Week 6 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

McCluster had a nice 20-yard reception on the team's opening drive that was negated due to an offensive pass interference penalty on Hunter Henry. He added one that DID count later in the half on a 3rd and 11 pass play. He darted up towards the line to gain and ended up just shy of the marker. And finally, following a muffed punt by Travis Benjamin, McCluster was put back on punt return duties and sparked a nice return late in the first half in relief.

2016 Week 5 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In a game that remained close throughout and saw the Chargers run 49 offensive plays from scrimmage, it's telling that McCluster only saw one total touch in the game. Owners who were expecting a mini version of Danny Woodhead's role can probably safely assume at this point that this is Melvin Gordon's backfield. McCluster is strictly a backup at this point.

2016 Week 4 vs NO (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

McCluster didn't get a lot of work in the game, but he did receive two red zone touches. On one such play, he did a great job reading his blockers to pick up first down yardage on a short swing pass out of the backfield, but never really had much of a chance to reach the end zone.

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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