Oliver has fully recovered from the season-ending Achilles injury he suffered during the 2016 preseason, ESPN's Eric Williams reports.
Head coach Anthony Lynn suggested Oliver is back to full health, making all the necessary cuts and jukes during recent OTAs. Where Oliver will fit in the Chargers offense remains to be seen, as the 25-year-old has flashed nimble moves that evoke the since-departed scatbacks such as Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles. But Oliver also has been a strong runner when healthy, finishing with 582 yards on 160 carries in his rookie season. More than likely, Oliver's role will be to spell workhorse Melvin Gordon while occasionally attributing as a third-down threat out of the backfield, but we'll gain more information as the team trudges towards training camp.
Oliver (Achilles) and Kenjon Barner are expected to compete for the "change-of-pace" running back position behind Melvin Gordon, Jack Wang of the Orange County Register reports.
The Chargers opted not to draft a running back in the 2017 NFL Draft, meaning that Oliver, Barner, and to some extent, Kenneth Farrow will all be competing for the affection of new head coach and former running back coach Anthony Lynn. "I do like the backs that we have on the roster. We have to get better, but I think these guys are working at it. I think they will get better. I didn't want to reach for a guy." After losing Danny Woodhead in free agency, there remains some discussion as to who will take over his role as a nifty, change-of-pace threat out of the backfield. Oliver, who missed all of last year after tearing his Achilles, doesn't seem to fit the profile, as the 25-year-old has primarily been used as a one-cut-and-up-the-field type of player, but that role could expand should he gain the confidence of Lynn.
Oliver sustained a devastating Achilles tear near the end of the preseason slate, missing the entire 2016 campaign as a result. The injury was one of many to the Chargers' backfield, who lost Danny Woodhead (torn ACL) and Melvin Gordon (knee/hip) at various points during the season. After Woodhead bolted to the Ravens this offseason, the Chargers don't have an experienced hand behind Gordon on the RB depth chart. No matter, some combination of Oliver, Kenneth Farrow (shoulder), and recent pickup Kenjon Barner are seemingly capable if called upon in brief bursts.
This opens the door for Oliver to become an unrestricted free agent, however there is a chance the Chargers opt to bring back the 25-year-old, especially after reportedly losing Danny Woodhead to the Ravens. Oliver missed the entire season after tearing his Achilles, but reports indicate his rehab has progressed well.
Oliver (Achilles) is expected to start running in January, Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Oliver was placed on IR after tearing his Achilles in the preseason, kicking off what would a rocky season in terms of health for Chargers running backs. While Oliver is expected to be ready for spring practices, there's no guarantee he'll be practicing with the Chargers as the 25-year-old is slated to become a restricted free agent following the conclusion of the 2016 season.
|P3||8/26/17||@ LAR||8:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ SF||10:00 pm|
|1||9/11/17||@ DEN||10:20 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/17||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/17||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|15||12/16/17||@ KC||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|