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Chargers Waive Dreamius Smith; Keep Donald Brown

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The Bolts decided to keep their most expensive Running Back on the same day the team went younger and cheaper at Kicker.

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Not Quite Enough

The San Diego Chargers released Free Agent Rookie Running Back Dreamius Smith as part of the last round of cuts to reach the 53 roster limit earlier today.  With this move, the Chargers retained the services of Donald Brown.  Smith was the team's leading rusher in pre-season, with 74 yards on 28 carries.  In yards per carry, he was the Bolts' 4th best back during preseason, finishing behind Branden Oliver, Danny Woodhead, and the previously released Jahwan Edwards.

It's A Passing League

Team observers did believe that Brown would be kept due to his value in the passing game as a blocker and receiver.  This was highlighted during the preseason.  Brown had 5 catches; good for a 6.8 yards per reception.  Smith was limited to only 3 catches for 10 yards.

The biggest adjustment for any back making the adjustment from college to the pro game is needing to pass block and Brown, entering his 7th season, certainly has learned this skill.  Brown is also a major participant on the Chargers' special teams.  The question that is open to debate is if Brown's contribution to the team justifies his 2015 cap number, which is in excess of $4 Million.

The RB Corps

This leaves the Bolts with Rookie Melvin Gordon, last year's team rushing leader Branden Oliver, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.  Brown is the highest paid member of the unit.  It remains to be seen if the cap hit is justified, given that his role will be special teams and backing up Danny Woodhead as the primary back in obvious passing situations.

On a day that featured a surprise (Lambo), this was certainly not surprising, but perhaps disappointing.  Still, Telesco has shown an affinity for former Colts players that he came to know from his time in Indianapolis.  It looks like Brown will get every opportunity to play through his contract.  It is quite possible that Smith will be brought back for Practice Squad duties.