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Le’Ron McClain seeking another NFL shot

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One of the better unsigned veteran fullbacks has reportedly shed 15 pounds as he works to stay ready for another call from the NFL.

In a story published by Al.com on Saturday, ex-Chargers fullback Le’Ron McClain said he has been training since being released by San Diego in March and that he wants to “get as fast” as possible.

“I’m trying to evolve my game also and do more than just blocking and everything. Just trying to evolve my game as in catching, running routes, just trying to be a difference-maker on the field,” McClain said at his youth football camp in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday, according to Andrew Gribble of Al.com. “That’s what I’ve been working on this offseason.”

The 29-year-old McClain was listed at 6-feet tall and 260 pounds at the end of the 2013 season. If he were 245 pounds, that would be 11 pounds lighter than his weight entering the NFL seven years ago, per Pro Football Weekly’s 2007 Draft Preview.

McClain’s all-around game could differentiate him from other unsigned blocking backs. Six seasons ago, he rushed for 902 yards as one of the key backs in a ground-heavy Baltimore attack. While he’s unlikely to get that much tailback work ever again, his ability to at least take some short-yardage carries shouldn’t hurt his marketability. Nor should slimming down, assuming he retains a fullback’s physicality. His pass catching (94 career receptions) appears passable for his position, too.

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21 Responses to “Le’Ron McClain seeking another NFL shot”
  1. britishraven says: Jun 21, 2014 7:16 PM

    I remember the falcons gave him a massive contract (for a FB) and he produced almost zero.

  2. dabears2485 says: Jun 21, 2014 7:33 PM

    Fullbacks only produce what their team wants them to produce. You look at John Kuhn or Marcel Reese, and it’s not their ability that sets them apart. It’s their teams actual willingness to use that ability. As long as teams don’t want to give fullbacks the ball, then it doesn’t matter what McClain is capable of. I wouldn’t be shocked if there were tons of fullbacks who could be good producers, if given the opportunities.

  3. seattlesuperchronic says: Jun 21, 2014 7:35 PM

    Honest question – who’s the best fullback playing right now? I’m drawing a blank.

  4. kevtek says: Jun 21, 2014 7:36 PM

    Sorry, Le’Ron never played for Atlanta, the Ravens FB that signed with Atlanta would be Ovie Mughelli.

  5. britishraven says: Jun 21, 2014 7:46 PM

    My mistake!

  6. txraiderfan says: Jun 21, 2014 7:55 PM

    He can run the ball too.

  7. spyder9669 says: Jun 21, 2014 8:02 PM

    I remember his 80 yd TD run against Dallas in the first game ever at Jerry World. He has some skills.

  8. cardiaccatsbackin2013 says: Jun 21, 2014 8:34 PM

    The TolDozer is in the Top 3 at FB … It’s a dying position unfortunately.

  9. icewalker946 says: Jun 21, 2014 8:47 PM

    seattlesuperchronic says: Jun 21, 2014 7:35 PM

    Honest question – who’s the best fullback playing right now? I’m drawing a blank.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I had to look it up to give me help. I’d take Marcel Reece. He’s really just a big running back. Guys like John Connor for the Giants is a lead blocker but little else. John Kuhn WAS good as an all around OK player but age has caught up to him.

    Bleacher Report has a good Top 16 FB article. Other than Kuhn, I didn’t know any FBs off the top of my head.

  10. eastofmissball says: Jun 21, 2014 9:31 PM

    Number 1, he’s got to be a smart guy. No matter what offense. If he can pick up the Blitz. push for that extra yard, and catch in the flat,, why the hell not. No one mentioned he was a trouble maker? Give the dude a shot, when you can shed some serious weight and still be tough as nails, you become a different player.

    And to answer ? above, Best FB in league; Vonte Leach….hands down, the best at his position.

  11. coltswerestolen says: Jun 21, 2014 9:36 PM

    His 80 yd TD was at the last game in the old Cowboys stadium

  12. raiderapologist says: Jun 21, 2014 9:49 PM

    dabears2485 says: Jun 21, 2014 7:33 PM

    Fullbacks only produce what their team wants them to produce. You look at John Kuhn or Marcel Reese, and it’s not their ability that sets them apart. It’s their teams actual willingness to use that ability.
    —————-
    Reece just doesn’t get used. 4.8 rushing average, 10.7 receiving average, less than 5 touches per game.

  13. 34defense2014 says: Jun 21, 2014 9:50 PM

    Good player! But the Full Back position is a thing of the past unfortunately! Everyone wants to watch passing and hight scores? I hope a team picks him up!

  14. ravenmadnky says: Jun 21, 2014 9:52 PM

    And Vonta Leach is a free agent, too.

  15. natelan says: Jun 21, 2014 11:06 PM

    This Chargers fan wishes you well. We never utilized you like we should have. L.T.’s best years came when he had Lorenzo Neal destroying linebackers at the 2nd level. Why we never used you to help Ryan Mathews is beyond me.

    Well, no, there was actually a reason… You got Norv’d.

  16. boltnup2014 says: Jun 22, 2014 12:10 AM

    Full backs are past tense now!!

  17. boltnup2014 says: Jun 22, 2014 12:12 AM

    Full backs are so past tense now!!

  18. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Jun 22, 2014 12:34 AM

    Vonta Leach? 2 or 3 years ago, sure. Was a healthy benchwarmer most of last year on a team that wanted to run and couldn’t.

    There’s a reason he’s still a FA…the NFL = Not For Long. At 32, he’s had a good long career but he is
    done.

  19. riverhorsey says: Jun 22, 2014 1:08 AM

    special teamer

  20. coachbeck says: Jun 22, 2014 3:41 AM

    Reece should get back with Hue Jackson and get going again

  21. kd480 says: Jun 22, 2014 8:52 PM

    Charger fans wish him well.

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