December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) reacts on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews Says He Can Be a Top-Five Back

San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews has put together a wildly inconsistent first few years in the NFL as he’s battled both spotty production and a variety of injuries.

Mathews appeared in just 12 games last year thanks to a broken collarbone, and failed to crack the 1,000-yard mark. In three seasons he has yet to play in a full 16 games.

Once again Mathews is on the comeback trail, and this time he says he can be in the elite group of running backs the league has to offer according to Clark Judge of CBS:

 “I don’t want to think about the past any more,” he said. “I want to talk about the future. With the new coaching staff and everybody they brought in it gives me a chance to start my career again.”

“I think I can be a top-five back,” he said, “and be up with the best of them. I just have to be consistent. That’s the main thing, to be consistent with my play.”


The Spin: Hey, we’re all for optimisim this time of year. until Mathews can actually play in a full season we have doubts as to his ability to join the Adrian Peterson’s of the world.

Still, Mathews has shown flashes of great talent. Now it’s a matter of keeping his body in one piece and stringing together a nice, consistent stream of production.


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  • Alter Ego

    A poop hole of an offensive line can make things tough. Broken bones are a tough go too. We as fans will…and want to put all that behind us.
    Making it a goal to be a top 5 back is a step in the right direction. We believe you can…that mess about being an average back you said a while ago was too optimistic for your body of work. An average back will make the Bolts draft a better back.
    So hell yeah Ryan…lets go ahead and be a top 5 back. I’m glad that’s settled. We all support you in that. Go Bolts !

  • arnie

    I’ve been harsh on the kid, but to be fair to him, how do you prepare your body to not break collar bones? Also he did not choose his team, or coach. he inherited them. A lot of pressure was placed on him when he was drafted, and he was pushed, into the starting role whether he was ready or not. then the more experience backs were shipped out. lastly norv was his coach, and by his own admission, he didn’t even coordinate the run game.

    It’s a new day, new HC, new OC new O-line, new offensive system. i’ve seen what he’s capable of. he rushed for a 1,000 yards, despite norvs play calling.
    Top 5 is attainable…

    • Jose Martinez

      #24 as #17 are under the microscope this year. Give me a break. Better yet, give me a real line OL and decent cornerbacks. Then I’ll see you in the playoffs. In other words, the focus should be on the front office

      • arnie

        You can’t fire the owner. But the owner owned up to his mess, then made changes to it.

  • Mz. Sarah

    He just needs to stay focused and quit clubbing! I honestly think he has a lot more to prove this year than a rookie, but that’s just me. If he can’t get some good runs in with this big o-line who is on point this season, then he needs to be replaced.

  • Bill Nichols

    Like I have said before. Man, just shut up and run, do not, and I mean, do not, fumble the ball. And try not to act like a piece of freaking glass. That’s all…. C’mon Ryan, Bolt Up!!