Detrez Newsome

Detrez Newsome

Running Back #21
Team:LA Chargers
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 210 lb.
College:None
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2018 / UDFA

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.

Analysis: 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 only logged an offensive snap in four of them -- but Newsome showed he can be a useful backup given his eight-touch, 53-yard performance against the Chiefs in Week 15. While there are only so many touches to go around behind Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, no other significant competition was added this offseason and Newsome seems like a favorite for the No. 4 slot on the depth chart.

June 26, 2019 10:25 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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 spot on the 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.

January 24, 2019 9:23 AM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

December 14, 2018 1:24 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

December 11, 2018 8:32 AM EST

Detrez Newsome: Gains first yards of the season

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

Analysis: 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.

November 27, 2018 8:18 PM EST

Detrez Newsome: Rejoins Chargers

Newsome signed a contract with the Chargers on Saturday.

Analysis: 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.

October 20, 2018 3:10 PM EST

Detrez Newsome: Waived by Chargers

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

Analysis: 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.

September 24, 2018 4:53 PM EST

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 3, 2018 7:46 AM EST

Detrez Newsome: Tallies 35 yards on the ground

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.

Analysis: 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.

August 31, 2018 10:18 AM EST

Detrez Newsome: Scores touchdown in Saturday's preseason contest

Newsome carried the ball 12 times for 34 yards and a touchdown in a 36-7 preseason loss to the Saints on Saturday.

Analysis: 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.

August 27, 2018 6:54 AM EST

Detrez Newsome: Leads team in total yards

Newsome carried the ball 19 times for 78 yards and also caught three receptions for 22 yards in the Chargers 24-14 preseason win over the Seahawks on Saturday

Analysis: Newsome received the lion's share of the carries Saturday as Justin Jackson (hamstring), Austin Ekeler (calf) and Russell Hansbrough (undisclosed) all sat out of the contest. The 24-year-old has taken the majority of the third string reps with Jackson limited most of the preseason, setting the stage for the undrafted rookie to possibly catch on to the 53-man roster.

August 19, 2018 1:59 PM EST

Detrez Newsome: Tallies touchdown in preseason loss

Newsome carried the ball four times for three yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 preseason loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

Analysis: 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.

August 12, 2018 8:35 AM EST

Detrez Newsome: Tallies touchdown in preseason loss

Newsome carried the ball four times for three yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 preseason loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

Analysis: 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.

August 12, 2018 8:35 AM EST

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