San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews’s Role on Offense

By Ernie Padaon

Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Denver Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincey (57) in the first quarter during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Mathews role with the team is going to remain unchanged from last season according to Tom Telesco. It has been said before, but Telesco had to tell the media again that Mathews is expected to carry the same role as last season despite the addition of Donald Brown.

Donald Brown will be taking over the role that Ronnie Brown had with the team. He will give Ryan a breather from time to time and will get some carries if he gets hot. He will also serve as insurance for Ryan if he were to get injured.

Ryan’s absence in the playoffs played a large role in the loss against the Denver Broncos and the team wanted to add someone else on the roster that could take the load if he were to go down again.

Telesco might be saying that the role will be unchanged, but I will believe it when I see it. You don’t pay a back that type of money to sit back and take 5 carries per game. The team is going to mix it up and pound the rock with their backs. I can’t see it any other way.