Chargers have tailback options

The San Diego Chargers are not one of the deepest teams in the NFL. They are thin at several positions as they begin a new era.

However, one place where the Chargers seem to be fairly deep is at tailback. The team is going into the season with starter Ryan Mathews, and backups Danny Woodhead, Fozzy Whittaker and Ronnie Brown. All three backups should have a role, starting with Woodhead.

The depth is important considering Mathews’ injury history. He has missed 10 games in his three NFL seasons, so it is reasonable to think the backups will play a significant role.

Whitaker is an interesting player. He is a hard, versatile runner, who has potential. He played for new San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona and fought his way onto this team.

As the Chargers are likely to go through growing pains in 2013, one area of strength resides in the backfield.