San Diego Chargers should try to Sign Ahmad Bradshaw

By Kenny Gardner
Ahmad Bradshaw San Diego Chargers
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The San Diego Chargers need to be more explosive with their rushing attack in 2013.  San Diego had a disappointing 2012 season because they ranked 31st in yards per attempt and was tied for last with the Oakland Raiders in rushing touchdowns.

The New York Giants released Ahmad Bradshaw following a 2012 season in which he ran for 1,015 yards to go along with six rushing touchdowns.  Bradshaw also averaged 4.6 yards per attempt which ranked 11th in the NFL. San Diego averaged 3.6 yards per attempt and had four rushing touchdowns in 2012.

A major problem was the decline of Ryan Mathews who averaged a career low 3.8 yards per rushing attempt to go along with a career low one rushing touchdown in 2012.  Mathews ranked 10th in the NFL with 1,091 rushing yards, averaged 4.9 yards per attempt and had six rushing touchdowns in 2011.

Mathews’ season high in rushing yards for a game was 95 against the Cleveland Browns following a 2011 season in which he had four games of at least 100 yards.

I believe that San Diego should sign Bradshaw to a deal and have him split rushing attempts with Mathews.  This could hurt Mathews’ confidence, but he is injury prone so adding a RB like Bradshaw makes sense.

A backfield of Bradshaw and Mathews could give San Diego an explosive rushing attack which the team has lacked at times.  San Diego ranked 19th in yards per attempt in 2008, last in 2009, 22nd in 2010 and 31st in 2012.

San Diego’s front office has to bring in someone who will give the team an explosive rushing attack because it was a major problem in 2012 and this will take pressure away from San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers.

San Diego’s front office will more than likely focus on fixing a horrific offensive line in the 2013 NFL Draft. Bradshaw would be a perfect fit with San Diego because his career average of 4.6 yards per attempt rank 10th among active players.

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