December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) reacts on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Telesco Wants Another Back to Compliment Ryan Mathews


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.

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  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    I wouldn’t mind taking a look at Knile Davis in the 5th or 6th. He had a down year last year (as did all the Razorbacks), and has a bit of an injury history, but can be a home run threat and has great vision. I think it’s worth taking a chance on him later in the draft if he’s still available.

  • veazy

    I hope the Chargers can get Marcus Lattimore.

    • Joel Garcia

      That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking !

  • davacho

    i say that whoever we get to complement mathews has ZERO injury history. why have two china dolls?

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      That would be ideal, but it’s gonna be difficult to find a running back that’s never been injured. Even the (almost) consensus number 1 RB in the draft, Eddy Lacey, has a slightly torn hammy right now.

      • davacho

        article said FA pool is an option as well. i know there’s never a perfect scenario, but i think we can get a solid guy that we don’t have to white knuckle the remote every time he totes the rock!

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          “… that we don’t have to white knuckle the remote every time he totes the rock!”

          I love Mathews, but that’s exactly what I do when he touches the ball.

          I agree with you though…I’d much rather have someone without an injury history to pair with Mathews.

          Still, the later rounds of the draft are a good place to take risks, and if someone like Davis was still there, I wouldn’t mind taking him.

          • davacho

            with you 100%- i am cautiously optimistic on the outside and crazy amped on the inside for this offseason/season- go bolts! : )

  • http://twitter.com/BigJonV Jon Vivian

    o line please. rb’s later.

    • Joel Garcia

      More like receiver later. O-line and running backs now ! remember we were the worst running team in league last year.

  • Tim O’Shea

    Draft an injury prone player in the college draft . . . get an injury prone player on your sideline . . .