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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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According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, Ryan Mathews weighed 227 pounds at Chargers minicamp, down nine pounds from that time last year.
We now have conflicting reports on his weight, as a June 17 U-T San Diego story stated Mathews "weighs 222 pounds, up seven from last August." We typically prefer running backs to play at lighter weights, where they can be more fluid and explosive. Mathews is currently training in Los Angeles to prepare for camp. Jul 17 - 11:01 AM

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Chargers OC Frank Reich said Ryan Mathews will remain the main back in San Diego.

"Ryan is the pounder," Reich said. "He’s going to be the primary workhorse. He’s our guy." The signing of Donald Brown seemed to signal a decrease in role for Mathews, but Reich called Brown a "big-play guy" and spoke about him as more of a change-of-pace back. If he can stay healthy, Mathews could once again be a 250-plus carry back.
Jul 7 - 12:39 PM

ESPN's Eric D. Williams said the Chargers will continue to "lean on" the running game this season.

San Diego had the NFL's sixth most rushing attempts last season, averaging 33.6 rushes a game over the second half of the season. That emphasis allowed Ryan Mathews to post career highs in both rushing attempts (285) and yards (1255). The arrival of Donald Brown and the likelihood of injury should prevent Mathews from reaching those heights again, but the run-first nature of San Diego's offense will ensure Mathews is a solid RB2 when healthy.
Jul 3 - 10:52 PM

Ryan Mathews led all running backs in fantasy points per snap last season.

Mathews' 0.40 fantasy points per snap in standard scoring led the league, and his 0.46 mark in PPR finished second behind only Jamaal Charles. Mathews is coming off a bounce-back season that saw him set career-highs in games played (16), carries (285), and yards (1,255). He was fantasy's No. 12 running back. We have Mathews as our No. 17 back entering the summer. But if he can stay healthy and remain the Chargers' early-down back, another RB1 finish is achievable.
Jun 27 - 10:24 AM

Ryan Mathews is up to 222 pounds after weighing in at 215 last preseason.

Per reporter Tom Krasovic, Mathews "looks to have gained muscle." Mathews has made increased durability one of his talking points this offseason, and he obviously believes some added weight will help keep him on the field. The flipside is that it could sap some explosiveness.
Jun 17 - 8:25 PM

Ryan Mathews believes the Chargers' addition of Donald Brown will help him hold up physically in 2014.

In other words, Mathews expects Brown to take some of his touches and snaps. Mathews played all 16 games for the first time in his career last year, finishing as the No. 12 fantasy back. "I (want to) make it more than 16 games," he 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."
Apr 30 - 9:39 PM

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

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

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QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
3Brad Sorensen
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Danny Woodhead
3Donald Brown
4Marion Grice
5Kerwynn Williams
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Danny Woodhead
3RB1Danny Woodhead
2Ryan Mathews
FB1David Johnson
2Zach Boren
WR11Keenan Allen
2Vincent Brown
3Seyi Ajirotutu
4Torrence Allen
5Javontee Herndon
WR21Malcom Floyd
2Eddie Royal
3Tevin Reese
4Dontrelle Inman
5Micah Hatfield
WR31Eddie Royal
TE1Antonio Gates
2Ladarius Green
3John Phillips
4Jake Byrne
5Ryan Otten
K1Nick Novak