Le’Ron McClain seeking another NFL shot

AP

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.

21 responses to “Le’Ron McClain seeking another NFL shot

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

  2. 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.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
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    Reece just doesn’t get used. 4.8 rushing average, 10.7 receiving average, less than 5 touches per game.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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