Dec 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down during the second half against the New York Giants at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 37-14. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Props to Ryan Mathews For Changing His Perception


Much props have to go out to Ryan Mathews for the performance that he has put together this season. He has been handling the rock a ton and that old injury bug and fumblitis doesn’t seem to be an issue any more. Under the new coaching staff, he seems to be running with confidence and authority. He also has a few big guys up front that are opening up some holes for him to get through. A lot of credit has to go to the guys up front.

Mathews has 4 games this season in which he has broken that 100-yard barrier. He only trails LeSean McCoy and Adrian Peterson in that mark this season.

Mathews has now hit the top 10 mark this season. He has 885 yards and trails Eddie Lacy by a couple of yards. He could finish the season in the top 10 in the league. Nice accomplishment from a player that had to shoulder all kinds of criticism going into the season.

Love the work that he has put in this season. The team is trusting him more and more as the season progresses. He is getting more touches in short yardage situations. The team kept pounding the rock at the goal line on Sunday and he cashed in with the touchdown. While the team protecting their lead, Mathews made things easy by pounding out runs for first downs over and over again.

Happy to see Ryan get things rolling.

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  • Gunnar Martin

    Wow. I knew he was doing really awesome recently, but not that awesome! Some of those stats are nice surprises. Now I can really cheer for him to get a 1,000 yard season. Way to work Ryno!

  • Tazzster

    okay. I take back all the bad things I said about him….

    But I would still nab Bishop Sanky in the 2nd round… if he declares for the draft and if he is still available

    • Sergio Quintero

      Put me down for an RB more at around round 4-5, you can get a very solid one in the middle rounds, a position that gets undervalued in general.

      • Tazzster

        I would really hate to spend a second rounder on him, especially when we are more desperate for help on the defensive side. I just think he is a special player…. but since I don’t earn a check as a player scout… my opinions carry little weight.

    • Gunnar Martin

      He might end up in the later rounds. Seems to be losing the hype from the media these days. I would be all for getting him at a low cost!

      • Tazzster

        The last board I checked had him as the #3 back in this years draft. Being a Husky I watched most of his games – the kid has talent. He reads blocks well, he is patient and he has a sweet jump cut. And he can push the pile or deliver the blow.

        Some people are comparing him to Emmit Smith. I think SD had a running back at one time that people compared to Emmit Smith… hmmmmm.

    • arnie

      No need to take them back, he earned the criticism. However i do commend you for stepping up and eating humble pie, but there is plenty to go around to those who haven’t stepped up.

  • Nick in PB

    Props to Ryan! We are finally seeing what he can do with a decent line in front of him. The last time that happened, he was a rookie!

  • JoseSD

    When was the last time we had both a 1000 yard receiver and rusher in the same season. Hopefully Keenan and Mathews get us there

    • Conor Cahill

      2011: Mathews and Vincent Jackson
      2008: LT and Jackson
      2005: LT and Gates

      • Lee

        gates is close to 1000 too i think

  • PakMaN

    top 20 pick in the draft, and we are impressed with 800 yard season thus far? Come on.. rookies are coming out and getting that in their sleep. That being said, I hope he continues to get back on the right track and start putting up big numbers.

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