Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) runs for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 27-24 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers Need Compliment For Ryan Mathews


It’s obvious that Ryan Mathews is the “Batman” of the Chargers’ backfield. But does San Diego need to draft a “Robin”?

Mathews established himself as San Diego’s premier back in 2013, when he is healthy. He rushed for 1,255 yards and 6 TDs. The Chargers were able to move the ball very effectively when he played, a perfect example being the Thursday night win in Denver. Mathews only had 3 rushing attempts in the 27-17 loss to the lowly Raiders, San Diego only mustered 36 rushing yards all game. He was almost completely M.I.A. for the embarrassing loss to the Redskin in OT 30-24, especially when the Chargers couldn’t win the game on 1st and goal from the 1. Also during the playoff game vs. Denver, he only had 5 attempts for 26 yards in the loss. Overall, when Mathews wasn’t healthy, the Chargers were 0-3, and the Chargers were 6-0 when he had at least 20 carries. Now, don’t get me wrong, Danny Woodhead was one of the best acquisitions the Chargers had last year. However, he is no bell cow, every down back-type player.  The bottom line is that the Chargers need to run the ball well to win, even in the likely sporadic absence of Mathews. This is why the Chargers need a running back in the 2014 offseason.

There are plenty of mid-round draft gems in this year’s class at that position. Since drafting Mathews out of Fresno State, the Chargers are 0 for 2 drafting RB’s (see Edwin Baker and Jordan Todman). The 3 candidates I would suggest in this year’s draft are Tre Mason (Auburn), Bishop Sankey (UW), and Jeremy Hill (LSU). Mason was invited to New York as a Heisman finalist after clutch performances in the Iron Bowl and SEC Championship game. Sankey had 1,775 yards rushing and 18 TDs, and performed well against the likes of Oregon and Stanford. Hill is a bigger, bruising runner and had 1,401 rushing yards and 18 TDs in the best defensive conference in college football. Getting any of these 3 would provide suitable insurance for the Chargers’ run game, and provide the Chargers with a “Batman” and “Robin” in its backfield. 

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  • Ernie Padaon

    Everyone welcome Nick Lee and his first post to the site… .good job bro.

  • serg21

    Tre Mason plzz

  • Julien Bélair

    Seastrunk in the fourth rd is my pick

    • Ernie Padaon

      i dont know if seastrunk lasts that long… if he does, he would be a STEAL!

      • Julien Bélair

        he weights in at 202 pounds which is 10 pounds lighter than expected. I think it could hurt his stock. But I would not mind if the chargers draft him in the third. I really like him

  • Julien Bélair

    btw good job good first article

  • TheTrueBlu

    Lache Seastrunk. He will be a star

  • Gunnar Martin

    Hey Nick! Good stuff. I totally agree that we need to take someone like that in the draft. Like Ernie’s 6 round mock he just posted, I like the idea of getting James Wilder Jr. in the fifth round. He has the big body necessary to take a decent amount of carries in one game, and has some great upside.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i really like the idea of getting wilder…. such a big back and will gain some tough yards.

  • tubbs45

    Strong work Nick. I like the idea of: Mason and Wilder

  • gpack17

    i really wouldnt mind seeing local boy gaffney or wilder or freeman…

  • NWBolt

    Thought we already had a another back? I think his name is……… oh ya Danny Woodhead and from what I remember he did a hell of job.

  • rickochey

    why did we release Fozzy? When Mathews went down against Denver, I felt we should have ran our FB McClain and just pounded the crap out of that Defense.

    • Ernie Padaon

      we released him a while ago and he was picked up by the browns for a bit


    Telesco wants speed on Offense. Lache Seastrunk fits the bill.

    • Julien Bélair

      yessss another Seastrunkslover

  • Preston Niedert

    MJD could come in and get the tough yards or pound in into the red zone. Its not a sexy pick up but it would work he wouldn’t command a big contract he still has some gas left in the tank.

  • Eli Rodriguez

    Seastruck is the man for the job. I’m happy with him in the 3rd. I doubt he last till the 4th. I liked Wood head but I see him in Ronnie Browns role next season. I don’t see that as necessarily a bad thing even though it’s kinda a downgrade for him. Seastruck could be our new version of sproles.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i think seastunk would be the starter in a year if he was drafted by the chargers

      • Julien Bélair

        thats the plan!

    • Julien Bélair

      yes Seastrunk!

  • chargerfan#21

    Get storm johnson

  • blu3ny3llow

    Off topic but wat would u guys think if the Chargers were to pick up Sidney Rice for a good price

    • Ernie Padaon

      not a huge fan of this one…. but if he is cheap, why not

  • Peter Thompson

    Great article Nick! Batman & Robin… nice. Sanky sounds like a good option, seeing that we face some rally good defenses this year.

  • NickLee51

    Thanks everyone for the love. I’m still learning. I appreciate the input and feedback. Glad to be apart of this!

    • arnie

      Welcome Nick. You’ll get used to our special kind of “love” . lol

  • arnie

    If you mean an “undrafted FA RB” sure. Since there are SO many needs else where i don’t see the need to spend a Draft pick for a position you can find after the draft or in FA.

    • Keith Sellers

      We really need to pick up a RB in FA to be sure we get one and neutralize the pressure on having a back in the roster. Then we can see what is available in the draft. From what I have been hearing from the talking heads there is a bunch of good backs that will be available in the middle rounds.
      Wouldn’t hurt to have a monster back ala Neal to break the backs of those monster Dl’s.

  • Bolt up!

    Tre mason! Yes thank you he is a heck of a running back !

  • Nick in PB

    From one Nick to another, good job. Keep ‘em coming! We definitely need another back. We haven’t had much success with FA pickups in the past, although Toddman was playing for someone this year. Mason is a beast but you would have to draft him high and we have too many needs. Not too high on the FA list so far but Tolesco will find someone.