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.