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Fri, 29 Mar 2013 07:44:49 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews said players eventually grew tired of former head coach Norv Turner's message and tuned him out. "I think we were just complacent," Mathews said. "The time that we spent there - we spent a lot of time there - it was the same thing over and over again. There wasn't anything new. I think he did everything he could to try to make us win no doubt about it. I just think we really got complacent to where we were and what we were doing and thought we were owed to win games." According to Mathews, talent has never been an issue for the team. "We all had the talent," Mathews said. "I think it was just going through the same routine, doing the same thing over and over again. You go there and you do what you gotta do to get ready for practice, go to practice, get out of practice. It was kind of just a routine thing, it wasn't something new. I think the new coaches being in here is going to be good for us."
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:58:39 -0800
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said he would like to get a running back to complement RB Ryan Mathews. Telesco said he believes Mathews can handle it on his own but must prove he can stay healthy.
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:47:09 -0800
San Diego Chargers general manager Tom Telesco praised RB Ryan Mathews, calling him a talented back, and someone who could be a "bellcow back."
Thu, 31 Jan 2013 05:12:13 -0800
New York Jets impending free-agent RB Shonn Greene would be a good fit for the San Diego Chargers in the offseason. The team needs a legitimate running back because RB Ryan Mathews is not durable. If healthy, Mathews and Greene could be a good combination.
Tue, 08 Jan 2013 13:39:07 -0800
The San Diego Chargers are beginning to wonder if RB Ryan Mathews will ever become the type of player they thought he would become when they selected him 12th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. The team would like him to become more polished and seize the full-time running back role. San Diego used RB Ronnie Brown in a receiving role this year in order to keep Mathews fresh; Brown ran a passing route on 60.4 percent of his offensive snaps, while Mathews ran routes 42.1 percent of the time. Mathews still believes he can be a game-changing back for the Chargers, however. "It's time for me to show them why they bumped up all the spots they did to draft me," Mathews, 25, said. "I've shown greatness at times, and I've shown I can be the worst player at times. You've got to be consistent, and that's what I plan to do, Just be a little more consistent player and just be the guy they knew when they drafted."
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 15:40:09 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) underwent surgery on his left clavicle Monday, Dec. 17, and he is expected to be recovered in plenty of time to take part in the team's voluntary workouts in April. "If you were to ask me four months ago, 'Do you think he's going to break his left clavicle?' I would have said he's more likely to be struck by lightning," Dr. Daniel Kharrazi said. Mathews broke his right clavicle in the preseason. Kharrazi said there is nothing structurally wrong with Mathews' shoulders, and he expects the clavicle to heal at full strength. Kharrazi also said he does not expect Mathews to break either of his clavicles in the future.
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:44:50 -0800
The San Diego Chargers placed RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) on the season-ending Injured Reserve list Tuesday, Dec. 18, due to the fractured left collarbone he suffered in the Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers.
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 05:36:59 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) will be placed on Injured Reserve this week with a broken left clavicle.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 16:56:50 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) suffered a broken clavicle in the Week 15 game against the Carolina Panthers, and he is done for the season. He suffered a broken right clavicle in the preseason.
Fantasy Tip: Ronnie Brown (hamstring) was sidelined, so if he is unable to return in the final two games, RBs Jackie Battle and Curtis Brinkley are likely to see the majority of the carries down the stretch. Battle and Brinkley would only be worth a look in the deepest of leagues as a flex play in Week 16.
Sun, 16 Dec 2012 14:17:07 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 15 and is considered questionable to return.
Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:11:48 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews said Friday, Dec. 14, that he is ready to step up with RB Ronnie Brown (hamstring) not expected to play in Week 15. Mathews is expected to receive more handoffs and passes than he typically does. "You've just got to step up," Mathews said.
Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:36:47 -0800
The San Diego Chargers used OG Kevin Haslam at left guard in Week 14 against the Pittsburgh. It was his first NFL start. OG Reggie Wells made the start at right tackle, and it was his first start in the NFL since 2006. Despite the inexperience, RB Ryan Mathews had some running room, going for 65 yards on 25 carries.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:24:47 -0800
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner indicated Monday, Dec. 3, that injuries and changes on the offensive line have contributed to RB Ryan Mathews' struggles in the run game. "I'm not going to take away from the effort those guys are giving or how hard (the offensive line is) competing," Turner said. "I don't know if I'm going to look at (the film) say Ryan had a lot of room to run." OT Jeromey Clary (knee) left the game early, as did OT Michael X. Harris (ankle) and OG Tyronne Green (hamstring).
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 05:59:16 -0800
The San Diego Chargers ran the ball just 11 times in their Week 13 game. RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) had just nine carries for 26 yards. The Chargers have not had a 100-yard rusher all season.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 21:29:20 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) carried nine times for just 26 yards in Week 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he added three receptions for 25 yards. Mathews left the game briefly to have his right ankle taped on the sideline.
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:28:13 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews carried 19 times for 72 yards in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens, and he added three catches or 16 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews has failed to find the end zone in five consecutive games. Treat him more as a low-end RB2 or flex play heading into Week 13.
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:30:30 -0800
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said RB Ryan Mathews (neck) didn't start in Week 11 primarily because Mathews did not practice two days last week.
Sun, 18 Nov 2012 21:54:09 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews carried 15 times for 47 yards in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos, and he added four receptions for 36 yards.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews racked up 83 total yards from scrimmage, which isn't all that terrible, but he failed to score a touchdown for the fifth consecutive game. He remains more of a low-end RB2 or 'flex' play heading into Week 12.
Sat, 17 Nov 2012 04:53:20 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (neck) should be able to play in Week 11 if he did not suffer a setback after practicing Friday, Nov. 16, on a limited basis.
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:08:00 -0800
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (neck) is listed as questionable for Week 11. He was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 16.
Fantasy Tip: It's an encouraging sign that Mathews practiced before heading into the weekend. Make sure to check back Sunday for his final status. Don't expect Mathews to do much against the Denver Broncos, though; they've held their own against backs in the last month. Ronnie Brown and Jackie Battle will see their workload increase if Mathews is inactive, but both backups would be risky flex plays at best.
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:53:45 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (neck) is participating in practice Friday, Nov 16.
Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:08:44 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (neck) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 15.
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:41:33 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 19:55:59 -0800
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews carried 17 times for 54 yards in Week 10 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he added five receptions for 22 yards.
Sat, 10 Nov 2012 05:19:00 -0800
Since entering the league in 2010, none of San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews' 475 carries have gone for 40 or more yards, his longest being 39. During that span, Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis and New York Jets RB Shonn Greene are the only other running backs in the league with 300 or more carries without a 40-yard gain.
Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:37:03 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) walked off the field gingerly during the team's Week 9 game and had his ankle re-taped. He was able to return for the next drive.
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 14:04:41 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews carried 24 times for 95 yards in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, and he added two receptions for nine yards. Mathews also lost a fumble.
Fantasy Tip: Mathews saw 26 total touches, easily a season high, as the Chargers kept the ball on the ground frequently with rainy and windy conditions in Cleveland.
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 09:28:33 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could be in for more of a workload in Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, as the team might use more of a ground-based attack due to rainy conditions, high winds and chilly temperatures along Lake Erie.
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:04:03 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews carried 22 times for 74 yards in the Week 6 game Monday, Oct. 15, against the Denver Broncos. He also added four catches for 19 yards, but he was unable to find the end zone.
Fantasy Tip: The 22 carries were his most in four games so far this season, and fellow RBs Jackie Battle (two carries) and RB Ronnie Brown (three carries) were only used to spell Mathews. He is a solid low-end RB1 for fantasy owners going forward.
Sat, 13 Oct 2012 19:10:00 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) is listed as probable for the Week 6 game against the Denver Broncos Monday, Oct. 15.
Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:19:35 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 12.
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:53:40 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 11.
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:05:47 -0700
The San Diego Chargers reportedly believe RB Ryan Mathews is ready to take that next step and return to the starting lineup in Week 6. "He's made the progress we'd like," head coach Norv Turner said of Mathews. In the team's past five quarters, Mathews has 22 carries for 160 yards and a touchdown with seven receptions for 69 yards. He averaged 6.5 yards per touch the past two games, ranking second among all NFL running backs over that span.
Thu, 11 Oct 2012 05:50:56 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 10; however, the team is hopeful he will play in Week 6.
Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:51:58 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews carried 12 times for 80 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the New Orleans Saints. He also added six receptions for 59 yards.
Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:11:41 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said isn't revealing who will start at running back between RBs Ryan Mathews and Jackie Battle until the first play of the game in Week 5 against the New Orleans Saints. "It's not a big deal. One had 14 carries and one had 15 carries, and if we can get that done again, it'll be outstanding," Turner said.
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:22:15 -0700
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Jackie Battle is listed as the starting running back on the depth chart at this point but a team spokesperson said that is only because Battle started in Week 4. The team still has confidence in RB Ryan Mathews and it likely will not take long before Mathews is listed as the starter again.
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:15:22 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Jackie Battle is now listed as the No. 1 running back over RB Ryan Mathews on the team's depth chart.
Fantasy Tip: A follow-up report noted a team spokesperson saying that Battle was listed as No. 1 on the Web site because he "just started last week, so that's why he's there." This alone should remind you about the fluidity of Norv Turner's backfield.
Battle looks like the best red zone option because of Mathews' fumbling issues, but for the long haul, Mathews is the safer bet to finish as San Diego's top fantasy back. Those in point-per-reception leagues should be more confident in starting Mathews, who'll still yield flex value even if he's second fiddle and presents an attractive buy-low opportunity. Battle has been a popular pickup that will chiefly be good for touchdown opportunities; he's not a dynamic runner otherwise.
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:57:33 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said he started RB Jackie Battle in Week 4 because he thought Battle gave the team the best chance to win. Turner said he was not trying to send RB Ryan Mathews a message by not starting him.
Mon, 01 Oct 2012 10:04:18 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews did not start in the team's Week 4 win, as RB Jackie Battle started the game. Mathews did not play at all in the third quarter, and he had just four carries by the start of the fourth quarter. However, he was featured in the fourth with 10 carries for 60 yards, in addition to an eight-yard reception. Head coach Norv Turner said after the game he has "great trust" in Mathews.
Fantasy Tip: It's clear the team was sending Mathews a message following his costly fumble in Week 3.
Despite coming off the bench in Week 4, Mathews finished with a team-high 61 rushing yards. Owners should continue to monitor this situation. If Mathews can protect the football, he will remain the starting back. Battle, however, could see more carries as he was solid in Week 4 with 81 total yards and a pair of scores, in addition to four receptions.
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:50:29 -0700
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said he is not happy with RB Ryan Mathews' chronic fumbling issues since entering the league and that Mathews will lose some playing time if he is not able to improve his ball security. "I am very concerned, and it has to stop," Smith said. "I believe you can improve in ball security. And no one works any harder in trying to get better than Ryan. However, if it continues he will play less." Mathews has fumbled 11 times since joining the Chargers. He is averaging a fumble every 42 1/2 times he touches the ball and losing a fumble every 78 touches.
Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:08:36 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said RB Ryan Mathews' carries may be limited at specific times due to his fumbling issues.
Sun, 23 Sep 2012 21:50:37 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) made his season debut in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons. He had 10 carries for 44 yards, and he added five receptions for 32 yards. Mathews also lost a fumble in the debut. After the game, Mathews confirmed that he had no setbacks. "My shoulder feels fine. I got some good hits in," Mathews said.
Sun, 23 Sep 2012 11:55:46 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) is active for Week 3.
Sat, 22 Sep 2012 04:17:42 -0700
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said he expects RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) to be ready for the team's Week 3 game. "I expect him to come in and play at a high level," Turner said.
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 18:16:25 -0700
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) practiced for a third consecutive day Friday, Sept. 21, without any setbacks, a day after taking a full load in contract drills. He expects to play in the Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons. "I'm ready for anything," Mathews said. "Whether it's one carry or 20 carries, I've been ready to play since that (season-opening) Monday night game."
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:03:26 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) is listed as questionable for the team's Week 3 game.
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 15:39:51 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 20.
Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:12:34 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) said he feels ready to play in the team's Week 3 game after practicing Wednesday, Sept. 19. "I feel great, I feel healthy, and I feel strong," Mathews said. "I think (the coaches) know what I can do. I know they know I'm ready. It's a long season, and they're going to be real smart with me. Really, it's just taking it day by day and seeing whether I go Saturday when they make that final decision."
Fantasy Tip: Mathews looks poised to play in Week 3. His addition will only help a Chargers offense that has averaged 30 points per contest but is struggling running the football. If active, Mathews should be viewed as no worse than a RB2.
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:07:30 -0700
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (clavicle) practiced in full Wednesday, Sept. 19.