Fresno State RB Lonyae Miller confirmed he's already interviewed with the Chargers at the NFL Combine.
"I sat down with San Diego and talked to [running backs coach Ollie Wilson]," Miller said. "I drew out a couple plays and showed him a couple protections. It seemed like he was impressed with what I put down on paper. I can say it went really well."
RB Lonyae Miller
"[Neal] came to one of our games, pulled all the running backs aside and gave us his speech," Miller said. "It was him talking about what it takes to win, how to be determined, how to have that fight. He's a really cool guy."
During Neal's final season as a Charger, the team ranked No. 7 in rushing offense and LaDainian Tomlinson grabbed the rushing crown. Perhaps another Fresno State standout, Miller, could point the running game back in that direction.
We already know that Miller is not intimidated by the possibility of replacing Tomlinson, as he told us during this Senior Bowl week interview. Perhaps he'll get his opportunity after all.
Simply the Best
With today's news the Chargers won't tender electrifying scat-back Darren Sproles, the odds of Cal halfback Jahvid Best (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) coming to San Diego increased substantially. Best, a candidate for the Chargers at No. 28, is a huge threat when he gets the ball in space. He can also return kicks, which adds to his appeal.
Best was not sure if the Chargers were on his list of Combine interviews -- he was only given a list of room assignments and was not sure which teams corresponded to which rooms -- but he expected to meet with San Diego scouts at some point during the week.
Like Miller, Best showed no hesitance when asked if he'd be up for the challenge of replacing No. 21 in San Diego.
"Any role that I'm expected to do, I'm going to do it 110 percent," he said.
The role he is best suited for may be more Darren Sproles than LaDainian Tomlinson. Best will likely be a situational player in the NFL, as he's had problems with durability and concussions over the last few seasons.
Newhouse, New Team
Marshall Newhouse (No. 70)
"It just shows you that no one is immune to the way the league works," he said. "He's been a great player and I think he will continue to be a good player. He's been a great ambassador for TCU. The next team that gets him is going to get a great player."
Newhouse added that he appreciated Tomlinson's frequent visits to his alma mater.
"He came back often," Newhouse said. "He has a summer camp that he ran for young kids. But he came back and we saw him every now and again."
Buffalo RB James Stark is participating in every drill so he can show scouts he is 100 percent after not playing his senior year due to a shoulder surgery. He is hoping for a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash. His cousin is Jonny Flynn, the gifted rookie point guard of the young, exciting Minnesota Timberwolves.
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