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Does Ryan Mathews Have The Mentality To Be A Top-5 Back?

By Ernie Padaon

June 19, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (right) watches as running back Michael Hayes (34) participates in a ball protection drill at Charger Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Greg Cosell did an interview with Evan Silva on RotoWorld and they evaluated Chargers RB Ryan Mathews. Cosell thinks Ryan has the skill set to be a Top-5 back in the league, but he is unsure if he has the mentality to do so.

“A lot of guys have great skill, but when you’re asked to carry the ball over and over and over again against defenses that hit you,” he said. “… I mean, LaDainian Tomlinson just talked about this in an interview — about getting hit hard on every play. There’s a mindset that goes along with that. And I think we’ll have to see. This will be the year we see if Ryan Mathews truly has that mentality.” – Greg Cosell (Rotoworld)

Does Ryan have the mental toughness to be the back that we need him to be? Teams are going to put big hits on him and he will have to keep grinding through. He will have to fight through injuries and get past some frustrations and still find ways to make plays.