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24 Ryan Mathews RB
Height/Weight: 6-0/220 | Birthdate: 10/10/1987 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA, USA | Team: San Diego | College: Fresno State | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 98/69 | Average Draft Position: 46.44
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Chargers list inactives for second preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) According to U-T San Diego, the following players were held out for the Chargers against the Seahawks in exhibition play on Friday: Running back Ryan Mathews (healthy scratch), wide receiver Vincent Brown (calf), defensive end Lawrence Guy (shoulder), defensive end Damik Scafe (undisclosed) and outside linebacker Dwight Freeney (healthy scratch).

Ryan Mathews looks good until he fumbles


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/8/2014) Ryan Mathews got the first carry for the Chargers and ended up with five total in their preseason debut vs. Dallas on Thursday. Accumulating 19 yards on the ground, Mathews' worst moment came in the first quarter when a Cowboys defender got his helmet on the football and popped it out when Mathews dove for the end zone. He didn't play again after that mistake, but neither did the Chargers' first-team offense. 

Splitting playing time with Danny Woodhead on the Chargers' first drive, Mathews' first three carries were solid gains for 5 to 7 yards each. He didn't show exceptional cuts or burst but was still very effective against a very bad defense.

Chargers coach Mike McCoy told NFL Network that he intends to keep feeding Mathews the ball despite the fumble. 

Mathews will play again at the Seahawks on Aug. 15. 


Chargers rolling with 'three-headed monster'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews described the backfield as a "three-headed monster," reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. He'll share the workload with Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead.

The paper still calls Mathews "the workhorse." Woodhead is "the versatile guy who can run and catch," and Brown is "sort of a hybrid of the two." The team also drafted running back Marion Grice.

"There is no such thing as a featured back any more," running backs coach Ollie Wilson said.


Ryan Mathews: I've got to do more


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews wants to be fresh and healthy come the end of the season and the playoffs this year, reports ESPN.

Mathews suffered a sprained ankle against Oakland toward the end of the 2013 season and was ineffective in the playoffs, rushing for a total of 78 yards in two contests against Cincinnati and Denver. Although he played a full 16-game season for the first time in his four-year NFL career, Mathews is focused on being on the field and at his best when the games matter most.

"That’s my expectation this season," Mathews said. "I've got to do more and do better, so I can be there with my guys to be able to help them out as much as I can when we get there again."

This offseason, Mathews did running and agility drills at the beach to strengthen the smaller muscles in his legs and maintain his 220-pound frame.

"I think Ryan is going to have a great year, probably better than last year," Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker said. "He looks faster."


Chargers OC: Ryan Mathews is 'primary workhorse'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Despite the offseason signing of Donald Brown, Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich told the team's website that running back Ryan Mathews "is the pounder." Added Reich: "He’s going to be the primary workhorse. He’s our guy."

Mathews ran for a career-high 1,255 yards on 285 carries with six touchdowns last year.


Ryan Mathews adds muscle, looks quick


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews added seven pounds of muscle and weighed 222 pounds at minicamp on Tuesday, the Union-Tribune of San Diego reported.

Mathews looked good in shorts and shirts, making quick cuts and showing off burst on consecutive plays to the end zone. 


Ryan Mathews happy to have Donald Brown in San Diego


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews isn't upset in the least that the team signed Donald Brown this offseason. In fact, he's welcoming it with open arms.

"I can't wait," Mathews said about playing with Brown, per U-T San Diego

Mathews is coming off of a career season but an ankle injury kept him limited down the stretch. While it's expected that Brown will help shoulder the load a little bit -- Mathews has been called the "bell cow" numerous times by general manager Tom Telesco -- Mathews anticipates that if he wants to play 16 games and break the 1,255 yards he had last year, he'll need Brown to fill in for him. 

"I (want to) make it more than 16 games," Mathews said. "That was a big goal last year: 'Alright, let's get him through 16 games.' We did that. Now the goal is to keep me healthy, keep running after 16 games. The coaches did a good job of getting another guy like Donald to help me out. It's going to be fun."


Chargers GM insists Ryan Mathews is 'bell cow' back


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/4/2014) When asked about the signing of Donald Brown and what that means for the future of the Chargers' running backs, general manager Tom Telesco told 1090 The Fan in San Diego on Friday that Brown will "help supplement" the ground game and "play a different role than" Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. He specifically mentioned Mathews as "our main back, our bell cow."

Telesco said basically the same things back in late March to the station. 

Brown was signed this spring to a three-year deal by Telesco, who helped scout Brown when he was with the Colts in 2009. But Mathews established himself as the team's primary back, meeting long-awaited expectations with a 1,255-yard, six-score season with another 189 yards and a score through the air. 


McCoy hints at hot-hand approach for running backs


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Chargers coach Mike McCoy indicated Tuesday during the NFL owners meetings that he plans to use a hot-hand approach with his running backs in 2014 following the addition of Donald Brown joining Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead.

McCoy said his background after working for John Fox in Carolina is using multiple running backs.

"You get in there, you get on a little bit of a roll and you’re going to stay in there," McCoy said. "Donald is a perfect fit for our system, and that’s why we went after him and got him. He understands what we want to do offensively, not only in the passing game but in the running game and pass protection. ... We'll let Donald come in there and show us what he can do, and we'll try to take advantage of what he does best and go with the flow of the game."


Chargers' GM addresses crowded backfield


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/20/2014) Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said Wednesday on 1090AM that Ryan Mathews remains the "bell cow" despite the addition of Donald Brown as a free agent this offseason, reports ESPN.

"We know Ryan is our bell cow," Telesco said. "He's our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better."


Making sense of the Chargers running back corps


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) Donald Brown saved the Colts' run game last year and became an example of a running back playing to some career-high standards whilst in a contract year. The payoff could have led to a starting job, but instead Brown finds himself in another running back mess with the Chargers.

The Chargers seemingly did this to secure depth at the position and to safeguard against not having a back in case Ryan Mathews and/or Danny Woodhead leave via free agency next offseason. They also picked up a back who can do anything Mathews or Woodhead does -- Brown is a good runner and receiver.

The feeling here is that Mathews will remain the primary rusher for the Chargers. The team went 6-0 in games he had at least 20 carries (8-2 in games where he had at least 16 carries), a stat the coaches will have a hard time ignoring. Brown could keep Mathews from 24-plus carry games like he had toward the end of last season but we'll still see Mathews dominate. Brown should also reduce Woodhead's touches, particularly after he faded down the stretch last season. 

But even with this piecemeal workload from Mathews and Woodhead, it's tough to envision Brown getting enough work to be the same kind of helpful Fantasy rusher he was last year. I might take him with a mid-round pick. 


Ryan Mathews dealing with a high ankle sprain


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews played through a high ankle sprain, according to San Diego Union-Tribune.

The typical recovery from the injury lasts four-to-six weeks, but Mathews didn't miss a game. Mathews first injured the ankle December 22 against Oakland, but was able to return to the game. He received a normal workload the following week, so it wasn't serious initially. But the injury got worse in the playoffs, forcing Mathews to stop practicing. He had just 26 yards against the Broncos, and did not play after halftime. 


Ryan Mathews 'probably wasn't 40 percent'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews tried to play against the Broncos despite being badly hobbled by a left ankle injury. He had to come out after rushing five times for 26 yards, including a 16-yarder that could have been a bigger play.

“Ryan probably wasn’t 40 percent,” tight end Antonio Gates told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "When I saw him break one and be one-on-one with a dude, I said, ‘No, that isn’t Ryan.’ That’s a touchdown if Ryan is even 80 percent.”


Ryan Mathews doesn't play after halftime


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, the NFL's seventh-leading rusher, ran five times for 26 yards in the first half of the playoff game at Denver. But his left ankle was clearly bothering him, and he has not played after halftime.

The injury also kept Mathews on the sideline for most of the second half of the wild-card win in Cincinnati.


Ryan Mathews active despite not practicing


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, who missed every practice last week with his ankle injury, is active for the playoff game at Denver after being listed as questionable. Mathews sat out most of the second half of last week’s win at Cincinnati. He's likely in for limited snaps Sunday.

Ryan Mathews expected to play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is expected to play Sunday.

Mathews missed every day of practice this week due to an ankle injury. He comes into the game listed as questionable, but it looks like he'll try to tough it out.


Ryan Mathews unclear about Sunday status


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews said his "mindset" is to play Sunday against Denver despite missing all three practices this week, per the San Diego Union-Tribune, which reported that he looked gimpy on Friday.

His absence would give Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead work as the dual featured backs. Brown rushed for 77 yards on just eight carries in the Wild Card defeat of Cincinnati, but 59 of those yards were churned up on a touchdown run that clinched the victory.


Ankle injury has Ryan Mathews questionable for game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has been designated at questionable for the playoff game Sunday at Denver with an ankle injury. He missed practices Wednesday through Friday.

Mathews was removed late in the Wild Card clash in Cincinnati, but his first two absences from practice this week were considered precautionary. He was sidelined as well on Friday, however, leading to speculation that his availability for the Sunday game could be in jeopardy.


Ryan Mathews out again Friday; could miss Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) Concern is growing that Chargers featured back Ryan Mathews will be unavailable for the Sunday playoff game at Denver. He missed his third straight practice on Friday.

Mathews had missed the first two practices last week with the ankle injury, leading to speculation that he was taking the same route to participation.


Ryan Mathews still out, but should be back Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (ankle) continued to take the same path to game participation as he did last week. He missed his second straight practice Thursday, but is expected to return Friday and play against Denver.

Ryan Mathews on same path as last week


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Mike McCoy said that Chargers running back Ryan Mathews is on the same path to playoff game participation as he was last week, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Mathews did not practice on Wednesday. He missed the Wednesday and Thursday sessions last week before returing to action on Friday. He has been dealing with an ankle problem.


Quintet of Chargers take Wednesday off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Five Chargers were sidelined from Wednesday practice, but four of the absences were considered rest days, per the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Those given the red light were center Nick Hardwick, wide receiver Eddie Royal, tackle D.J. Fluker, safety Eric Weddle and running back Ryan Mathews. All are expected to play in the Sunday playoff game at Denver.

Hardwick is going through concussion protocol. He was diagnosted with the concussion after the playoff win in Cincinnati.


Ryan Mathews absence Wednesday likely precautionary


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Chargers featured back Ryan Mathews (ankle) was held out of Wednesday practice. His absence is likely precautionary.

Mathews missed two practices last week before helping his team defeat the Bengals. He did much much of the second half of that game, however, with the injury.


Ryan Mathews says he'll be ready for next week


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/6/2014) Ryan Mathews missed most of the second half of the Chargers' playoff game at the Bengals but vowed after the game to be ready for next week's game at the Broncos. 

"My mindset is I'm playing," Mathews told U-T San Diego.

Mathews has been slowed by an ankle injury the past couple of weeks and it is believed that is what limited him again. 


Ryan Mathews limited by injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2014) Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was limited by an injury against the Bengals.

Mathews hurt his ankle at some point during the game, and did not touch the ball after the beginning of the third quarter. He finished with 13 carries for 52 yards. He also caught two passes for 12 yards. The team never announced an injury, so Mathews' status is unknown. He'll take on the Broncos next week if he can play.