Ryan Mathews Missing Practice Due To “Soreness”

Looking over Acee’s tidbits for Sunday, he mentions that Ryan Mathews is missing practice with what Norval describes as “SORENESS.” This comes the day after Acee writes about Mathwews struggling in his conditioning.

This is not stuff that we want to hear about our number 1 pick from last year that we traded all kinds of stuff to move up and draft. This is not stuff that we want to hear about from our running back that is coming off of a disappointing year.

Conditioning comes in the 4th quarter of games. That is winning time! If we have the lead in the game, then we will want to pound it out with the running game and kill that clock. If we are behind, we are moving that ball up the field through the air and the running back will be used to block in the backfield to give Philip extra time to get it down field.

This lockout was going to hurt some players and most experts believed it would hurt the second year guys the most. Right now, it looks like Ryan is one of the guys that is sucking wind and trying to play catch up. Hopefully he gets his legs and is ready for the season, because we do not want to hear the lockout as an excuse. We will all be watching him closely during the preseason.

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  • Lisa Dean

    Oh boy!!! Ya know, you just cant train someone to be tough. :( C’mon Mathews…press thru the sore and get to the second wind on the other side…that’s ehere you find greatness!!!!

  • Bolt Beat

    he needs to sack up!!! guess he enjoyed his free time during the lockout.

  • Lisa Dean

    No joke…he needs to man up and get it done!!!! No whimps….

  • Lisa Dean

    i bet Ray Lewis doesnt miss practice cause he’s SORE! WTF? And he runs into things head first, full speed ahead all day, everyday!

  • Bolt Beat

    right.. he is a running back in the NFL… what was he doing during the lockout.. he knew the season was going to start eventually!!! playing video games? CMON MAN!!!

  • Lisa Dean

    Agreed…i hope Rivers lets him have it…he needs to man up!!! I wanna see the Chargers winning ALL season…none of this Zenyatta, starting late, crap…i wanna see WINNERS!!!!

  • Bolt Beat

    looks like Mike Tolbert holds the edge to be the starter at the beginning of the season. for some reason, i do not doubt tolbert and his work ethic over the offseason.

  • Lisa Dean

    Thats my boy!!! Love Mike Tolbert!!! He’s a BEAST….and I guarantee he was bustin’ his ass and is ready for greatness!!! :)

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  • Bolt Beat

    mathews has a ton of talent… if he can bring his work ethic up than he will be a beast. needs to put in work

  • Lisa Dean

    Yes he does…but he will never tap his true potential unless he toughens up….IMO. :)

  • Kenny Thorpe

    Didn’t he just do a press conference saying he was finally 100%. Now after 1 day of practice with pads he is sore. Sadly, I’m starting to lose faith in our #24.

  • the gorn

    Let Tolbert carry the rock for the start of the season and ease Mathews into the gameplan over the season so that his conditioning can be where it needs to be. We don’t need Mathews ready to go at the start of the season.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    @the gorn it seems like that has to be the plan now.. there was a lot of high hopes from the kid and its just a little disappointing that he didnt come to camp in shape.

    he really needed that REAL offseason conditioning and training plan.. the lockout hurt him the most.

    i think he still will be alright though. just needs to get his legs back

  • Ginger Krueger

    Tolbert is a beast! But can he pick up all the slack for another season? Alot of these Charger players act like divas! Cmon guys MAN-UP!!!!!!

  • BillyKing

    dammit epadaon this better not be attributed to the WOW playing. Instead of training his real body, he was leveling up his padawan. Or whatever character they use on WOW.

    Allright I’m not gonna get over exerted, just gonna breathe. Time will tell us and I think this year will be a good indicator as to how his pro career will go.

    I had super high hopes for this guy. Lets just pray he pans out to be the real deal.

    GO BOLTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    @BillyKing hahaha… i was trying to remember what game he liked to play.. of course it was WOW.

    you know kids get addicted to that stuff!!

    i had high hopes on the kid and will continue to have those hopes. This year is big though!

  • BillyKing

    @epadaon I remember reading an article on him stating something to the effect that his college coach had to whip him into shape because he was eating lots of taco bell or some crap. Said he saw tons of talent,but the work ethic was questionable.I really hope he gets his priorities straight.

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    @Can we stop being so negative. I can’t afford to go to the games in person and all this negative crap is only going to cause more blackouts. The kid’s a stud. This year WILL be his breakout year. Trust me.

  • JonVivian

    this isn’t good news

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    @JonVivian definitely not good news… heard it is a sore toe.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    @A_Eme_O_Ere i still have faith in the kid. its still early and we havent even played a game yet this season. It is disappointing that he didnt come to camp in shape, but its something that we can work with still.