If you would have asked me before the preseason how many running backs the Chargers would keep on the 53-man roster, I would have answered in a heartbeat: Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown are locks to make the team.
With that being said, there would virtually be no chance for any other back to compete for a spot. Fozzy Whittaker has become the exception.
Whittaker was brought in based on familiarity with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. He joined the Cardinals practice squad as an undrafted free agent and spent the entire year there. When Whisenhunt joined the Chargers, Whittaker followed.
Outside of the top three backs in San Diego (Mathews, Woodhead, Brown), three other players were added for potential.
Those three players were Michael Hill, Edwin Baker (drafted by the Chargers in 2012) and, of course, Fozzy Whittaker. Baker did not make the first set of cuts, leaving the Chargers with five running backs on the roster.
This decision will be very tough. Whittaker has definitely played well enough to make the team. Without a doubt, he has earned a spot. But is carrying four running backs something the Chargers can do? I'm not too sure on that one.
The final call on Fozzy Whittaker will depend on the depth needed elsewhere. It may be smarter to keep another cornerback, rather than another running back.
Fozzy Whittaker will make this team. He's run very hard this preseason and has shown the talent to be an every-down back, if needed.
His 29 carries through the first three games is four more than every other running back, outside of Ryan Mathews, combined. He also has two of the three rushing touchdowns by the Chargers this preaseason. Whittaker has displayed the ability to serve as a pass catcher and pass blocker as well.