SAN DIEGO —- The Chargers have already spent significant time together this offseason. Voluntary workouts have been well attended over the past few weeks, but players have mostly bonded in the weight room. Workouts have been the focus of these sessions, with limited on-field activity conducted in shorts.
The offense and defense will, for the first time all offseason, square off in 11-on-11 drills when they begin organized team activities (OTAs). This is the third and final phase of a nine-week voluntary workout program, running 10 days over the next three weeks.
The signing of Manning by John Elway and the Broncos immediately made them a front runner for the division crown in 2012 but the Kansas City Chiefs appear to be the main competition to Denver. Surprisingly one team that is somewhat being forgotten about is the San Diego Chargers.
The comparisons proved to be to premature however and while Mathews did eclipse the 1,000 yard rushing mark last season, there is still much work to be done for Mathews. The Fresno State rusher has struggled with injury issues in his first two seasons, missing 6 of 32 possible games. The larger issue for Mathews has been ball security. Mathews has recorded 9 fumbles in his first two seasons.