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Ryan-mathews

Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 08

    SD @ ARI

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    SEA @ SD

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    SD @ BUF

  • Week 4 - Sep 28

    JAC @ SD

  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    NYJ @ SD

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    SD @ OAK

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    KC @ SD

  • Week 8 - Oct 23

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    SD @ MIA

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    bye

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    OAK @ SD

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    STL @ SD

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    SD @ BAL

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    NE @ SD

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 16 - Dec 20

    SD @ SF

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    SD @ KC

  • Week 2 - Sep 10

    SD 22 @ OAK 14

  • Week 3 - Sep 23

    ATL 27 @ SD 3

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    SD 37 @ KC 20

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    SD 24 @ NO 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 15

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    SD @ CLE

  • Week 9 - Nov 01

    KC @ SD

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    SD @ TB

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    BAL @ SD

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    CIN @ SD

  • Week 1 - Sep 11

    MIN 17 @ SD 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    SD 21 @ NE 35

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    KC 17 @ SD 20

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    MIA 16 @ SD 26

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    SD 29 @ DEN 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 16

    bye

  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    SD 21 @ NYJ 27

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    SD 20 @ KC 23

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    GB 45 @ SD 38

  • Week 11 - Nov 20

    SD 20 @ CHI 31

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    DEN 16 @ SD 13

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    SD 38 @ JAC 14

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    BUF 10 @ SD 37

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    BAL 14 @ SD 34

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    SD 10 @ DET 38

  • Week 1 - Sep 13

    SD 14 @ KC 21

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    JAC 13 @ SD 38

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    SD 20 @ SEA 27

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    ARI 10 @ SD 41

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    SD 27 @ OAK 35

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    SD 17 @ STL 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    NE 23 @ SD 20

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    TEN 25 @ SD 33

  • Week 9 - Nov 07

    SD 29 @ HOU 23

  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    bye

  • Week 11 - Nov 22

    DEN 14 @ SD 35

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    SD 36 @ IND 14

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    OAK 28 @ SD 13

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    KC 0 @ SD 31

  • Week 15 - Dec 16

    SF 7 @ SD 34

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    SD 20 @ CIN 34

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    SD 33 @ DEN 28

    26 rushes

    120 rush yards

    3 TDs

    3 receptions

    19 rec yards

    0 TDs

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Ryan Mathews

San Diego Chargers

2010 - 2011 Statistics

                           RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY



                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm


2011 Stats         222    1091      6         50        59        455      0         190.6     13.6


2010 Stats         158     678      7          22        26        145      0         124.3     10.4


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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Mathews averaged 4.9 yards per carry in a year where many experience a sophomore slump (4.3 YPC his rookie season)


(+) NORV TURNER!!! Norv LOVES getting his RB a ton of touches, as evidenced by the fact that in between 1991 and 2008, Turner’s main RB finished in the Top-5 in touches 11 times


(+) More than doubled his receptions from 22 to 50 catches and should see his total increase even more being the 3-down back now


(+) With Mike Tolbert gone, he should handle most of the goal-line situations


(+) His unique skill-set will make him the focal point of the entire offense


(+) Mathews has improved his pass protection greatly which should keep him on the field in passing situations a lot more


(+) Ryan was on the field for a mere 47.75% of the Chargers offensive plays in 2011, ranking 20th in the league…yet he STILL had the seventh-most fantasy points. This year, he’ll be on the field as much as anyone in the league


(+/–) Had just four 100-yard games last year…but in only 14 games


(–) 13 total TDs in two years isn’t bad, but not a single receiving TD as of yet


(–) Mathews has yet to play a full NFL season and was known to be a bit injury-prone in college. Pretty scary little tidbit if he's your RB1

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Fantasy Outlook 2010

ryan mathews - our highest ranked rookie


Let’s just say this right off the bat:  Mathews will have a significant contribution to the Chargers offense in 2010.  With LT gone, the Chargers don’t have a clear number one back on the roster.  Slim-Jim Darren Sproles is the best of ‘em, but odds are he’s not going to have the type of breakout season that Michael Turner did in Atlanta the year after he was released from LT’s shadow.  There are also fullbacks Jacob Hester and Mike Tolbert, but they will only carry the ball sparingly.


Thus, the stage is set for Mathews to contribute right from the get-go.  There was talk about the Chargers taking him too early with the 12th overall pick, but this season should prove that they didn’t just hit the target, they stuck the bulls-eye.  Coach Norv Turner has said he could get upwards of 250 carries which isn’t hard to fathom given the lack of a feature back in this offense.  He will also be used in the red zone.


~ QB Philip Rivers will chuck the ball a lot this season, giving Mathews more space to run


~ Sproles will still play a significant part in the offense, but he’s not an every-down back


~ Mathews led the nation with 150.67 yards per game last year and had 39 positive runs in 41 attempts in the red zone.  He doesn’t mess around

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During this last offseason, the Chargers shipped the face of the franchise for the last nine years, LaDainian Tomlinson, to the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.  The staff wasn’t happy to see him go, but there was nothing they could do about it, they just couldn’t keep him.  Or so they thought.


Up comes the 12th pick of the NFL Draft in April and who do they grab?  Hometown Cali kid Ryan Mathews, a running back from Fresno State.  Mathews grew up idolizing the Chargers and studying LT.  While LT is a more elusive and agile demon, Mathews is a downhill runner with the ability to break tackles.  But Mathews may be more like LT than you think.  Check out the numbers from the two in college.  Keep in mind that both of them played for WAC teams, Fresno State and TCU, so they were playing very similar competition.


Vitals:


Tomlinson   5'11" 216 lbs
Mathews    5'11" 220 lbs


40-yard dash at Combine:


Tomlinson  4.38 
Mathews   4.45


Bench Press Reps:


Tomlinson   18
Mathews    19


College avg Yds per Carry:


Tomlinson  5.7
Mathews   6.0


Junior year (last comparable college season):


Yds per Season/Per Game/Touchdowns


Tomlinson:  1850 /154.2/ 18 TD'S
Mathews:   1858/ 154.8/ 19 TD'S


As you can see, those numbers are pretty identical.  So like D-Rose came to be with the Bulls, Mathews could become a hometown hero for the Chargers in his first season.

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Ryan Mathews (@rmathews24) can be followed on Twitter at:  http://twitter.com/rmathews24


 


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Contract

"My main thing is to get into camp as soon as possible," Mathews told Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune.  "I've talked to my agent; I need to be there.  Too many guys hold out for all the wrong reasons and I'm not going to be one of them."


Ryan kept good on his word and signed a five-year contract on the 1st of August worth $20.467 million.  The deal contained $15.083 million guaranteed, a $3 million signing bonus, and a one-time "likely to be earned" escalator of $5,183,750.  In addition, Mathews will be able to void the sixth year of the contract (which he will do) if he participates in 35% of the offensive snaps his rookie season or 45% of the snaps in any season thereafter.  Here are the partial particulars:


2010 - $320,000 (+ $911,000 roster bonus)


2011 - Under Contract (+ $5,668,750 option bonus due in March)


2012 - Under Contract


2013 - Under Contract


2014 - Under Contract


2015 - Voidable Year


2016 - Free Agent

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Handcuff

Darren Sproles should be the handcuff to Mathews this year, a role he's become quite familiar with...

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Strength of Schedule

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Injury Report

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Mathews dealt with his fair share of injuries throughout college, but for now, he's healthy and ready to go

Ryan Mathews will be an interesting back in 2014

Mathews’ 1,255 yards rushing in the season was the most by a Charger since LaDainian Tomlinson’s 1,474 in 2007.

It wasn’t a breakout season, however. As an NFL sophomore in 2011, he topped 1,000 yards rushing while averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Also then, he caught 50 passes.

But he was never so dependable as he was this season, his fourth since the Chargers selected him 12th overall. He played all 18 games. From 2010-12, he missed 4, 2 and 4 games. He had 285 rushes in the regular season. Not only was the total fourth-most in the NFL, it exceeded his career-high by 63 attempts. His catch rate was 90.3 percent, beating his 2010-12 marks of 84.6, 86.2 and 75.

Pyro's take: Mathews surprised all of us with his stellar 2013 campaign. The most impressive part was the fact that he was a workhorse back with 20+ carries in six games, including the final four of the season.

In those final four games Mathews had 107 carries for 473 yards and three touchdowns. He also added nine catches for another 64 yards. Mathews was about as dependable as you could get for your fantasy playoffs, and he will be an interesting target in 2014. He still carries with him the risk of injury, which means that there should still be a lot of skepticism about what he will do. If that is the case he could still be a potential value in 2014.

02/17/14, 10:31 PM CST by Houdini
Source: www.utsandiego.com

One step forward and two steps back

A poor decision didn't cost the Chargers this time.

It could, coach Mike McCoy said Tuesday, the next.

Running back Ryan Mathews overall had a gritty, physical night Monday, his first 100-yard rushing game since December 2011. But just as positives can be taken from a loss, McCoy took issue with a negative in the fourth quarter of a 19-9 win over the Colts.

"I can't repeat what I said on the sideline yesterday," McCoy said. "It comes down to, that could have cost us the game."

The Chargers were in their four-minute offense, the goal to milk the clock and build on a 16-9 lead. The Colts had all three timeouts, and Mathews bounced a short run to the outside and out of bounds for a 4-yard gain.

That stopped the clock at 2:34.

Instead of Indianapolis using its first timeout, San Diego did. The drive ended with a 50-yard Nick Novak field goal.


Pyro's take: This type of mistake by Mathews is one that could cost him playing time in crucial situations. Mathews currently does not get redzone carries, and if he makes another mistake like this one, he will not be carrying the ball late in the game either.

It was nice to see him run effectively in this game, but Mathews continues to struggle to break the big run and really be a game changing back in the NFL or fantasy.

10/17/13, 07:39 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.utsandiego.com

Ryan Mathews probable for week 5 with a hamstring

A hamstring ailment landed Chargers running back Ryan Mathews on the injury report Friday, but he is probable for Sunday night’s game at Oakland.

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, coach Mike McCoy indicated Mathews was dealing with some tightness.

Pyro's take: Mathews should be able to go against the Raiders this week, but hamstrings are so tricky and it is always possible that it flares up again. Regardless, Danny Woodhead has been the back that has been performing at a high level as of late, and he could be in line for more touches if they limit Mathews at all.

10/05/13, 12:25 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

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