Aer losing fan favorite Danny Woodhead for the season, the Chargers were short-handed at the running back position. Tuesday they announced the signing of Dexter McCluster to help replace him.
McCluster was a star at Ole Miss before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. He was seen as too small for the position at 5'9" and 170 pounds. He filled a role similar to Darren Sproles on the Saints as a third down back, receiver, and returner. In 2013 he made the Pro Bowl as a returner and was votes second team All-Pro. After four years he signed with the Titans in free agency and was featured in the same type of role while seeing a little more playing time.
During his college and pro career, McCluster has shown excellent elusiveness and catching ability. He also will boost the return game as he did in Kansas City. He also has familiarity with Ken Wisenhunt after playing for him in his time in Tennessee. He will probably see a small role this week before sliding into the role that Woodhead filled. After learning the playbook he should be an excellent addition to the Charpers and should ease the pain of losing Woodhead.