The San Diego Chargers are depending on newly-signed fullback Le'Ron McClain's blocking ability in the running game, but head coach Norv Turner likes the versatility he brings to the offense, reports Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
"There's no question he's going to be a guy we're going to lean on in the running game to be a blocker," Turner said. "But I like his versatility and the fact that he has run the ball. He also provides a receiver because he's got good hands."
In five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens (2007-10) and Kansas City Chiefs (2011), McClain has 329 carries for 1,236 yards and 13 touchdowns with 84 receptions for 535 yards and three touchdowns out of the backfield. Those numbers include a Pro Bowl and All-Pro season in 2008 when he ran for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns before giving way to perennial Pro Bowler Ray Rice.
The Chargers signed McClain to a three-year, $8.25 million contract on March 17.