Aug 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) loses the football during the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium. The Cowboys would recover for a touchback. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews fumbled the ball to kill the drive at the end zone in the first preseason game of the year. The fumble was critical IF it were a real game. The fumble shouldn’t have happened and he should have been more protective of the football, but all the ridiculous talk about trades and cuts and such needs to just calm down.
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The kid had 2 fumbles last season. Just 2! The same amount as Danny Woodhead with a lot more touches than Danny.
Ryan had issues putting the ball on the ground in the past and I understand the concern, but the craziness is getting over the top for a preseason game. If he puts the ball on the ground again on Friday, then we might have something to talk about, but it is nothing to talk about for now. Calm down.
Ryan is a big key for this offense. His work in the running game helped carry the Chargers offense during their stretch run last season. He helped get the team into the playoffs with his ability running the ball. His ability to gain tough yards in the red zone and in short yardage helps this team win football games.
Ryan is the most productive back on the roster in the running game. He poses a threat to defenses with his ability to break off chunks of yards and he is always looking to put a pounding on defenders. His style in the running game tires out defenses and will open up the passing game if we decide to do a play action pass from time to time. Teams know that he can break off 5-6 yards any time he touches the ball. His ability to run keeps defenses honest.
The fumble happened. He will likely fumble again this season, but his ability can’t be underestimated. He is part of the winning formula for the Chargers.