San Diego Chargers GM Tom Telesco stepped in front of the media today at the NFL Combine and addressed a few things with the team. One situation that was addressed was at running back.
Telesco believes that Ryan Mathews is talented and CAN BE a every-down back, but he needs to prove that he can stay healthy for a whole season. Therefore, he wants to get a compliment for him somewhere this offseason (Michael Gehlken). It could be in the draft or it could be through free agency.
It sounds like Mathews will get the opportunity to be the star one more time, but there will definitely be another prospect on the roster that can compete and take the carries. There definitely is concern on his part about the injuries that he keeps suffering…. AND WHY WOULDN’T THERE BE!!!
Mathews had more broken collarbones than touchdowns last season. If he were to stay healthy, then he could do work, but we haven’t seen him heathy yet.