Sep 8, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) celebrates with running back Donald Brown (34) after scoring a 20 yard touchdown during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The San Diego Chargers will be going into Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills without Ryan Mathews. With Mathews on the sideline, Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead will take the bulk of the work in the backfield.
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Tom Telesco was prepared for the situation. In the offseason, one of the first moves that the Chargers made was bringing on Donald Brown to the offense. We will see how much that move pays off this weekend and for the next few weeks.
Ryan Mathews possesses a different gear than the other backs on the roster. He runs downhill and makes positive yards when he gets the handoff. Brown will need to provide the same threat on offense.
Brown made some good things happen with the Indianapolis Colts when he took over the starting role and it is what sprung him to the Chargers roster. Last season, he averaged 5.3 yards per carry and was also a threat in the passing game.
He hasn’t had the same success in the first 2 games of the year with the Chargers, averaging 2.1 yards per carry on 9 carries. This weekend will be different though. He will take the starting role and will be called upon often in the running game.
With Mathews becoming a free agent at the end of the year, this could be our future. Brown will need to be impressive in these next few weeks while Mathews is out and he could possibly steal the starting role for the rest of the year. We need to see the production on the field. Next man up.