San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews Building Momentum Toward The Season

December 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive back Josh Thomas (22) after running for a first down during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews is starting to get people’s attention. He has been running hard and gaining big chunks of yards when he gets the ball. He has held onto the football and when there is a big collision, he has gotten up to play another play.

“The way that (he) ran the ball was outstanding,” McCoy said. “We ran the ball efficiently tonight. I think the way he’s running the football (is) what we’re looking for in our back.” – UT San Diego

Mathews has been falling forward when he gets hit and was finding the holes in the offensive line. He finished the game with 9 carries for 45 yards.

“You get used to game situations, how your linemen block and how they handle certain situations,” Mathews said. “They’re doing a great job, and I’ve just got to do the easy part: pick a hole and run through it. That’s what I’m doing.” – UT San Diego

Mathews still struggles in breaking off the big play. His longest gain last night was for 11 yards. He can’t make people miss in the open field. If he keeps getting into the 2nd level of the defense, he should have plenty of opportunities to work on breaking off the big one.

Hopefully he can continue this momentum into the season and put the offense on his back.

Topics: Nfl Offseason, San Diego Chargers

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  • Stefanie Smith

    What I love about this guy is that he is trying. It is obvious, he is giving it all he has. Yes, his bones are like papier mache, but he is still trying. I hope he does well and remains healthy.

    • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

      At least we have backup if he breaks something. Fozzy looked good also.

  • arnie

    Now that is what I call a “commitment to the run”.

  • Alex Pitrofsky

    If Mathews does well that would be amazing. Our O line is built for a run first offense

  • joerockt

    I’m not convinced yet. Put Fozzy and Baker in with the first team and lets see how they do. Mathews is getting the benefit of what appears to be a great run blocking O line. When d-line men are getting pushed back 2-3 yards off the LOS, and guys can break off on a secondary block, half the work is done for you.

    In fact, didn’t they have the 1st line in when they put in CBJ and Fozzy?

    • arnie

      LOL still holdin on to the norv era? LOL

      • joerockt

        How are you gleaning that from my post?

        • arnie

          I’m just curious on what would convince you? they made their cuts, got through the holes, and collectively rushed for 141 yards on 29 carries. They looked good. what else would you need besides your eyes?

          • joerockt

            Yeah you’re confused guy. I’m not convinced with MATHEWS, the subject of the article. Fozzy and Baker were great even with the backup line.

          • arnie

            MATHEWS, was apart of that collective. But to be specific he held onto the ball, didn’t get hurt. and made positive plays. 9 touches for 45 yards. The questions still stands. I’m just curious on what would convince you?

          • joerockt

            What would convince me? How about getting it done when it actually counts? Preseason doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot. Ride his dick all you want, but until he can prove he can get through a season without snapping a bone or coughing up the ball at the worst possible time, he gets zero respect.

          • arnie

            Slow your roll JOE. I don’t ride anyones Jock, that was uncalled for. I am his worst critic. I’m just got tired holding onto the past, an letting what norv an aj have done to this team, affect what is in front of me. The games may not count, i can assure you when the young man lowered his shoulders and went through the hole, that was real enough.

          • joerockt

            And again, I don’t see what my original comment has anything to do “holding on to the past”. Couldn’t stand Norv from day one.

            Look, I’m all about supporting the team and its players, but Mathews has had plenty of chances in a league where RB’s are a dime a dozen compared to a good QB. So he needs to stay healthy, not fumble and positively contribute. Anything less is a waste of space and a detriment to the team.

          • arnie

            Agreed. Just on what i’ve seen, he’s off to a good start then.

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