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.
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.
Newsome carried the ball seven times for 35 yards and also returned a kickoff for 63 yards in Thursday's 23-21 preseason win over the 49ers.
Newsome was the first running back to hit the field Thursday, seemingly solidifying his position on the 53-man roster. Where he'll situate on the depth chart remains to be seen, but if his kickoff return was any indication, the undrafted rookie could be factor even with limited snaps.
Newsome carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown in a 36-7 preseason loss to the Saints on Saturday.
Melvin Gordon's surprise absence (personal) allowed Newsome to tally the bulk of the second-string carries, converting a touchdown in his first series of work. The undrafted rookie running back appears to have an edge on Russell Hansbrough for the No. 3 duties, but Justin Jackson (hamstring) remains a wildcard when it comes to the aforementioned spot on the depth chart. If the No. 3 rusher in Big Ten history is able to prove he's healthy during the Chargers final preseason game Thursday, there's a possibility Jackson could edge out Newsome in what figures to be one of the final roster spots available.
Newsome carried the ball four times for three yards and a touchdown, and also caught four passes for 34 yards in a 24-17 preseason loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.
Newsome struggled to gain much traction Saturday, ripping off a carry for six yards but otherwise finding himself stuck behind the backfield. Given Newsome's main competition for the No. 3 role, Russell Hansbrough, tallied three carries for 21 yards, it wasn't a particularly impressive outing for the rookie free agent. With Justin Jackson (hamstring) looming in the background as another candidate for the aforementioned spot on the depth chart, Newsome will hope to have a better performance against Seattle next Saturday.
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