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Top Detrez Newsome News

  • Detrez Newsome: Works out with Ravens

    Newsome (undisclosed) had a tryout with the Ravens on Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

    Newsome was on the Chargers' practice squad injury list earlier this season until both parties reached an injury settlement on Oct. 16. His workout with the Ravens indicates his health is back up to par.

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  • Detrez Newsome: Let go off practice squad

    Newsome (undisclosed) was released off the Chargers' practice squad injured list with an injury settlement Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

    Newsome landed on the practice squad injured list Tuesday and didn't have to wait long before making his way to free agency. The 25-year-old is free to sign elsewhere once healthy.

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  • Detrez Newsome: Placed on injured list

    Newsome was placed on the Chargers practice squad's injured list Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

    It is currently unclear what injury Newsome is dealing with. If his health were to eventually improve, he could reach an injury settlement with the team. However, he would not be able to join the Chargers' active roster this season if that were to come to fruition.

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  • Detrez Newsome: Lands on practice squad

    Newsome joined the Chargers' practice squad Sunday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

    Troymaine Pope ultimately locked himself into the No. 3 role behind Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler, but it's possible Newsome could find his way onto the roster should Melvin Gordon eventually get traded.

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  • Detrez Newsome: Odd man out of rotation

    Newsome was waived by the Chargers on Saturday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

    Troymaine Pope's role on special teams ultimately helped him claim a spot on the 53-man roster over Newsome, but it's possible the undrafted running back could return to the roster if the team does end up trading starter Melvin Gordon. Newsome is expected to land on the team's practice squad if he passes through waivers.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Hits paydirt Thursday

    Newsome rushed six times for 26 yards and a touchdown, adding 32 yards on two receptions in Thursday's preseason win over San Francisco.

    Newsome had a strong showing as he vies for a spot on the 53-man roster. Troymaine Pope (three carries for 43 yards) was also impressive, but the fact Newsome was out there with the "starters" in the final preseason contest gives him a slight edge in winning the third back job (assuming Melvin Gordon's contract dispute doesn't get settled before Week 1).

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Little impact in preseason loss

    Newsome carried the ball five times for 17 yards and caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's preseason loss to the Saints.

    The second-year back didn't look hampered by the minor leg injury he suffered in practice last weekend, but Newsome also didn't do much to make a positive impression on the coaches, posting pedestrian numbers for the second straight game. Troymaine Pope, however, did, ripping off an 81-yard score on a punt return. Even if Melvin Gordon's holdout drags on into the regular season, if the Week 1 roster allows for only one other running back behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, Newsome may need to find a way to make an impact in the Chargers' remaining exhibition tilts to hang onto his spot.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Returns from leg injury

    Newsome (leg) was participating at practice Monday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

    Newsome limped off the field at the end of Sunday's practice with the leg issue but had no problems on the field Monday. The 25-year-old presumably falls behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson on the depth chart while Melvin Gordon continues his holdout.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Suffers apparent leg injury

    Newsome hurt his right leg Sunday during practice, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

    Newsome limped off the field after taking a hit from linebacker Kyle Wilson. The second-year running back earned a roster spot as an undrafted rookie last season and now may have a better opportunity if Melvin Gordon's holdout continues. Even so, Newsome presumably falls behind Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson in the Los Angeles backfield.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Heightened expectations in 2019

    Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt expects Newsome to take a step forward in his second season, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.

    Newsome beat the odds and somehow made the leap from going undrafted out of Western Carolina in 2018 to making the Chargers' 53-man roster out of training camp. He was only active for 10 games (including playoffs) and and only logged an offensive snap in four of them, but Newsome showed he could be a useful backup Week 15 against the Chiefs, when he parlayed eight touches into 53 yards. While there are only so many carries and targets to go around behind Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, no other significant running backs were added to the roster this offseason. As a result, Newsome looks like the early favorite for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Uneventful rookie season

    Newsome played in nine games with the Chargers during his rookie campaign, carrying the ball 11 times for 49 yards and also tallying two catches for 19 yards.

    The undrafted rookie free agent was primarily a special teams player after re-joining the team in late October, contributing slightly on offense when the likes of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler went down with injuries. It seems likely the Chargers will bring in competition for the No. 3 and 4 spots on their running back depth chart, but Newsome figures to be a part of the competition given his impressive preseason performance in which he carried the ball 42 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Totals 53 yards

    Newsome carried the ball six times for 34 yards and also caught both of his targets for 19 yards in the win Thursday over the Chiefs.

    Newsome filled in effectively as the backup running back behind Justin Jackson, lowering the lumber on a handful of carries in the first half. The undrafted rookie free agent figures to fade from the spotlight with the likes of Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) nearing their respective returns to the field.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Could be No. 2 back in Week 15

    Newsome is likely to serve as the top backup to Justin Jackson in Thursday's game against the Chiefs after coach Anthony Lynn told Steve Wyche of NFL Network that he's "not optimistic" Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) will be available for the contest.

    Both injured backs were listed as non-participants on Monday's estimated practice report and seem unlikely to increase their activity enough over the next two days to gain clearance for the Week 15 matchup. Even though Gordon missed his second straight game over the weekend against the Bengals and Ekeler exited late in the contest, Newsome didn't see any work on offense, as all 12 of the undrafted rookie's snaps came on special teams. Given that Newsome has seen only 11 offensive snaps in total in his seven games with the Chargers, it's difficult to envision him capturing a major role in the game plan, as Lynn seems more likely to lean on Jackson as a three-down workhorse. It's also conceivable that Los Angeles will add another running back to its roster prior to Thursday, which could further hurt Newsome's chances of making an impact on offense.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Gains first yards of season

    Newsome ran for 15 yards on four carries during Sunday's 45-10 win over Arizona.

    Newsome had just one touch for no yardage heading into Sunday. All four of Newsome's carries came during the Chargers' final full drive of the game, with Melvin Gordon (knee) knocked out of action. With Gordon likely sidelined on a week-to-week basis moving forward, expect a modest role for Newsome. Sunday brings a Pittsburgh defense ranked in the top half of the league against the run, surrendering 4.2 yards per carry.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Rejoins Chargers

    Newsome signed a contract with the Chargers on Saturday.

    Newsome survived roster cutdowns at the start of September but was waived by the Chargers later in the month, and had one carry for zero yards over three games. The 24-year-old was signed for depth purposes with starting RB Melvin Gordon (hamstring) receiving a late questionable tag for Sunday's game against the Titans in London.

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  • Detrez Newsome: Waived by Chargers

    The Chargers waived Newsome on Monday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

    Newsome was waived to make room for running back Justin Jackson, who Newsome beat out for the third-string job in camp due to a strong performance in the preseason. Newsome barely saw the field during his short tenure with the Chargers and carried the ball just once for no gain. He was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft and will now look for an opportunity elsewhere.

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  • Chargers' Detrez Newsome: Earns spot on roster

    Newsome earned a spot on the Chargers' 53-man roster, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

    Newsome led the Chargers with 42 preseason carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns, marking the second consecutive year an undrafted rookie running back earned his way onto the Chargers roster. It's unclear where Newsome ranks in the depth chart, as along with Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, the team also opted to keep 2018 seventh-round pick Justin Jackson, who missed three exhibition games with a hamstring injury. An injury to Gordon would likely open up a plethora of carries, but Newsome wouldn't automatically be the running back to own in that scenario, as Ekeler and Jackson would likely chip in on the workload as well.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 210 lbs
Birthplace: Thomasville, GA, USA
Age: 28
School: Western Carolina
Experience: 2