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Ryan Mathews | Running Back

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Fresno State
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Chargers GM Tom Telesco confirmed that Ryan Mathews remains "our bell cow."
Telesco suggested that signing free agent Donald Brown to a $10.4 million contract was a depth move. Mathews will remain the feature back as he comes off a highly effective year that saw him set career-highs in games played (16), carries (285) and yards (1255). "He's our No. 1 back," Telesco said. Perhaps Brown was signed with one eye on 2015, when Mathews will be a free agent. Mar 20 - 11:29 AM

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The Chargers ranked 28th in the NFL in goal-line efficiency in 2013.

A lot of those flubbed goal-line chances came early in the year as the Chargers rolled with Danny Woodhead/Le'Ron McClain in the red zone. But as the season moved along, the coaching staff found more and more trust in Ryan Mathews. Over the final eight games, Mathews ran for five touchdowns -- including three plunges from the 1-yard line. He'll be the clear-cut goal-line back in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract.
Feb 5 - 9:08 AM

The Union-Tribune San Diego reports the ankle issue that hampered Ryan Mathews during the playoffs was a high-ankle sprain.

Mathews first injured his ankle in Week 16 against the Raiders. A high-ankle sprain typically carries a 4-6 week recovery timetable. Mathews didn't miss a single game but was mostly a non-factor in the Chargers' two playoff games -- carrying the ball just 18 times -- after rushing for 144 yards in Week 17. His availability for the offseason won't be affected.
Jan 13 - 8:49 PM

Ryan Mathews managed 26 yards on five carries as the Chargers lost Sunday's Divisional Round game in Denver.

Mathews started despite a debilitating ankle injury that prevented him from practicing all week and forced Mathews to play Sunday's game in a brace. His role was severely limited. Mathews had the five carries at halftime, and we don't believe he played a single second-half snap. The ankle injury caught up with Mathews late in the year, but this was easily his best NFL season, setting career highs in games played (16), carries (285), and rushing yards (1,255) with a career-low one lost fumble. A centerpiece of Mike McCoy's balanced, ball-control offense, Mathews is entrenched as an early-round fantasy RB1/2 pick for 2014.
Jan 12 - 8:07 PM

Ryan Mathews is active for Sunday night's Divisional Round game at Denver.

Mathews went through a full pre-game warmup and will play, though his in-game role remains to be seen after getting in zero practice reps during the week. The Chargers' Week 19 inactives are OG Jeromey Clary, DT Sean Lissemore, S Brandon Taylor, WR Lavelle Hawkins, CB Marcus Cromartie, OT Kenny Wiggins, and QB Brad Sorensen.
Jan 12 - 3:13 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers expect Ryan Mathews (ankle) to play Sunday against the Broncos.

The last update we had on Mathews from Friday wasn't a glowing one. ESPN Chargers blogger Eric Williams reported Mathews was in a brace and was walking around "gingerly." His ankle injury is believed to have "gotten worse." Mathews didn't practice at all during the week and may be in for very limited snaps. He'll likely be a game-time decision for the 4:40 PM ET kickoff. Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead will handle backfield duties if Mathews can't play his normal snaps.
Jan 12 - 10:22 AM

Ryan Mathews (questionable, ankle) was spotted in a brace during Friday's practice, and walking around "gingerly."

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams believes Mathews' inability to practice this week means his left ankle "has gotten worse," and Mathews "does not know" if he'll be cleared for Sunday at Denver. "I'm not making predictions because I don't know where it stands honestly right now," chimed in Philip Rivers. "Danny [Woodhead] and Ronnie [Brown] are ready if they're needed more than usual."
Jan 10 - 5:36 PM

Asked Friday whether Ryan Mathews (questionable, ankle) will play in Sunday's Divisional Round game at Denver, a Chargers team source replied "That's the plan."

We don't doubt Mathews will be active for the contest, but whether he's a big part of the Week 19 game plan after getting in zero practice reps is the quandary fantasy playoff leaguers must try to decipher. Our guess is Mathews will be more of a complementary, limited piece Sunday with Danny Woodhead playing more snaps, and Ronnie Brown also mixing in fairly regularly.
Jan 10 - 2:55 PM

Ryan Mathews (questionable, ankle) missed his third straight practice Friday.

Mathews has been playing without much practice time in recent weeks, but aggravated his ankle injury in last week's win at Cincinnati, and his availability for the Divisional Round is now in doubt. Mathews does have more time to heal up, as the Chargers don't play until Sunday evening against the Broncos. At this point, however, it's unclear whether Mathews will be a factor. He rushed 29 times in San Diego's Week 15 upset of Denver.
Jan 10 - 1:42 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained out of Chargers practice Thursday.

This has been Mathews' routine in recent weeks. He's going to return on Friday and play on Sunday. Although Mathews will suit up against the Broncos, his injury is becoming a bigger concern by the week. Mathews barely took the field in the second half of last week's win over the Bengals. He's a boom-or-bust option in daily leagues for the Divisional Round.
Jan 9 - 2:27 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) is not practicing Wednesday.

It's not a major concern, yet. Mathews has been held out on Wednesdays and Thursdays the past few weeks, as he's been dealing with the ankle injury. Mathews has already said he fully intends to play in Sunday's Divisional Round tilt against the Broncos.
Jan 8 - 2:37 PM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) said his "mindset is I'm playing" in Sunday's Divisional Round game at Denver.

The ankle sprain Mathews has been battling for the last few weeks was bad enough that he sat out the majority of the second half at Cincy Sunday. So making declarations about his status for next week would obviously be premature. When the Chargers knocked off the Broncos in Week 15, Mathews dropped a 29/127/1 line.
Jan 6 - 9:03 AM

Ryan Mathews rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 12 yards before exiting in the second half of Sunday's Wild Card round game with an aggravated ankle injury.

The Chargers came out running with Mathews as their bellcow, as they've done so frequently the past six weeks. He handled 15 of San Diego's first 30 offensive touches as a team. Mathews spent most of the second half on the sideline, however, ostensibly nursing the ankle injury that has nagged him the past few games. The Chargers had a comfortable lead and Andy Dalton turned the ball over three times in the final two frames, so there was no urgency to push Mathews back into the game. Unless his aggravation is more severe than we know, expect Mathews to be a bigger factor in the Divisional Round at Denver.
Jan 5 - 4:25 PM

Ryan Mathews and Eddie Royal are both active for Sunday's Wild Card tilt at Cincinnati.

Mathews was listed as probable and was never in danger of sitting out. He should see somewhere around 20 carries. Royal was questionable and has been battling the toe issue for much of the season. Inactive for the Chargers are NT Sean Lissemore, S Brandon Taylor, WR Lavelle Hawkins, CB Marcus Cromartie, OT Kenny Wiggins, OL Steve Schilling, and QB Brad Sorensen.
Jan 5 - 11:36 AM

Ryan Mathews (ankle) is listed as probable for the Wild Card round.

This has become Mathews' routine, resting on Wednesday and Thursday before practicing on Friday and handling 20-plus carries on a weekly basis. No running back in the NFL handled more rushing attempts than Mathews over the final five weeks of 2013, and only LeSean McCoy tallied more rushing yards.
Jan 3 - 3:35 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Brad Sorensen
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Danny Woodhead
3Donald Brown
4Kerwynn Williams
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Danny Woodhead
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Ryan Mathews
FB1David Johnson
2Zach Boren
WR11Keenan Allen
2Vincent Brown
3Seyi Ajirotutu
4Tobais Palmer
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Eddie Royal
3Dontrelle Inman
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
4Jake Byrne
5Ryan Otten
K1Nick Novak