Mathews suffered a sprained ankle against Oakland toward the end of the 2013 season and was ineffective in the playoffs, rushing for a total of 78 yards in two contests against Cincinnati and Denver. Although he played a full 16-game season for the first time in his four-year NFL career, Mathews is focused on being on the field and at his best when the games matter most.
"That’s my expectation this season," Mathews said. "I've got to do more and do better, so I can be there with my guys to be able to help them out as much as I can when we get there again."
This offseason, Mathews did running and agility drills at the beach to strengthen the smaller muscles in his legs and maintain his 220-pound frame.
"I think Ryan is going to have a great year, probably better than last year," Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker said. "He looks faster."
Despite the offseason signing of Donald Brown,
Mathews ran for a career-high 1,255 yards on 285 carries with six touchdowns last year.
Mathews looked good in shorts and shirts, making quick cuts and showing off burst on consecutive plays to the end zone.
"I can't wait," Mathews said about playing with Brown, per U-T San Diego.
Mathews is coming off of a career season but an ankle injury kept him limited down the stretch. While it's expected that Brown will help shoulder the load a little bit -- Mathews has been called the "bell cow" numerous times by general manager Tom Telesco -- Mathews anticipates that if he wants to play 16 games and break the 1,255 yards he had last year, he'll need Brown to fill in for him.
"I (want to) make it more than 16 games," Mathews said. "That was a big goal last year: 'Alright, let's get him through 16 games.' We did that. Now the goal is to keep me healthy, keep running after 16 games. The coaches did a good job of getting another guy like Donald to help me out. It's going to be fun."
When asked about the signing of Donald Brown and what that means for the future of the
Telesco said basically the same things back in late March to the station.
Brown was signed this spring to a three-year deal by Telesco, who helped scout Brown when he was with the Colts in 2009. But Mathews established himself as the team's primary back, meeting long-awaited expectations with a 1,255-yard, six-score season with another 189 yards and a score through the air.
|P2||8/15/14||@ SEA||10:00 pm|
|P3||8/24/14||@ SF||4:00 pm|
|1||9/8/14||@ ARI||10:20 pm|
|3||9/21/14||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|6||10/12/14||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|8||10/23/14||@ DEN||8:25 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||11/30/14||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||12||9||158||678||4.3||31||7||4||25|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||14||14||222||1091||4.9||39||6||9||52|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||12||9||184||707||3.8||31||1||1||34|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||14||285||1255||4.4||51||6||7||54|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||12||9||22||145||6.6||17||0||0||0||7|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||14||14||50||455||9.1||42||0||4||1||18|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||12||9||39||252||6.5||24||0||1||0||9|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||14||26||189||7.3||17||1||0||0||9|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2010||San Diego Chargers||12||5||3||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2011||San Diego Chargers||14||5||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2012||San Diego Chargers||12||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Diego Chargers||16||2||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|
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