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Chargers Still Confident In RB Ryan Mathews
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews failed to stay injury-free in 2012 after lofty expectations were set by then-head coach Norv Turner. He broke both clavicles and played in 12 games, but the Chargers’ new brass still has confidence in the 2010 first-round pick.
“He is really talented, a really good back,” GM Tom Telesco said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “He has size and has run well. I think he can be a bellcow back, but he needs to prove that on the field by staying healthy, and I think that he’ll have a chance to do that. All the talent is there.”
Head coach Mike McCoy echoed the sentiment that if Mathews can avoid injuries, he can be the back that Norv Turner was hoping for prior to the 2012 season.
“He’s had some bad luck the past couple years with his injuries, but he’s a very talented back,” McCoy said. “We have to do a better job up front as an entire football team helping him out, getting him involved in the passing game, he can do a lot of different things.”
Combine the fact that the Chargers are thin as is at running back with Mathews’ injury history, and finding another back is key.
“These guys take a lot of punishment during the year. To have two backs — you’d like three — but you’d like two backs you can lean on so Ryan doesn’t have to take the bulk week in and week out,” Telesco said. “It doesn’t bother me what kind of style that is. We would like a complement with him, but we think Ryan can do it as the one back.”
Source: Pro Football Weekly
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