December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) rushes the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The San Diego Chargers won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Mathews has come into camp 10 pounds lighter than last season. He is lighter on his feet and feels quicker. He shedded the extra muscle in order to be more agile.
“That’s one thing I wanted to focus on is losing the weight and not being so bulky,” Mathews said Thursday. “I feel quicker, and I feel faster … I feel healthy. I don’t have all that weight. I remember last year coming out of the first practice my legs were tired. Not today.” – SDUT
Let’s see if this way will work any better for the kid. He has the ability. Now he has a few monsters in front of him that should be able to bust open some lanes. The right side of the line is built with maulers. DJ Fluker, Jeromey Clary and Nick Hardwick are guys that would rather run the football. They would rather punch people in the mouth with the running game. He has those type of guys.
Mathews has been a disappointment, even though he has took a trip to the Pro Bowl. The expectations behind Ryan have always been high and he hasn’t reached any of those expectations YET. Could this be the year he puts everything together? He shedded away 10 pounds… now lets see if he can shed away that BUST label that keeps creeping around him.