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Norv Turner: Ryan Mathews will get 250 carries, 40 catches

The San Diego Chargers traded up to select Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews, and coach Norv Turner says the team expects to get plenty of productivity from Mathews in his rookie year.

“I would expect Ryan to have 250 carries and 40 catches, something like that,” Turner told. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Turner suggested that Mathews would fill the role vacated by LaDainian Tomlinson, who had 223 carries and 20 catches in 2009. According to Turner, Darren Sproles is expected to do about what he did last year, when he had 93 carries and 45 catches.

“That’s obviously saying Darren is going to have the same role he’s had,” Turner said.

The Chargers have a lot of money devoted to Sproles in 2010 — more money than a third-down back would typically make — but Turner says he’s committed to the idea of Mathews as the primary ball carrier and Sproles making a contribution on third downs.

“The third-down protections, all the things teams do to you now — that’s where young guys have a hard time,” Turner said. “Darren did such a great job with all that last year and he’ll continue to get better at that.”

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11 Responses to “Norv Turner: Ryan Mathews will get 250 carries, 40 catches”
  1. joetoronto says: Apr 26, 2010 10:27 AM

    Oh man, I can hear Lady T crying from here, lol.

  2. Dixon29 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:36 AM

    No he won’t get either one of those. This is worse than pitchers on a pitch count in baseball. If I were Sproles, I would be pissed. They reached for Matthews anyways, but just hand him the job? Ridiculous.

  3. mmmchasse says: Apr 26, 2010 10:42 AM

    Mathews is gonna be nasty, I personally can’t wait to see him play.

  4. SPORTS1969 says: Apr 26, 2010 10:58 AM

    ryan was nice in college,he should do okay in the league,NFL is a different monster

  5. Hap says: Apr 26, 2010 11:19 AM

    Will he get 250/40 if he gets hurt ?

  6. Cougar Bait says: Apr 26, 2010 11:37 AM

    Sounds like the ole ‘Randy Ratio’ in Minny.

  7. INVAIDUH says: Apr 26, 2010 11:39 AM

    ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzz…

  8. Sourdough says: Apr 26, 2010 11:45 AM

    And the broken record knowns as joetoronto plays on.

  9. Adam says: Apr 26, 2010 11:52 AM

    LT, don’t fall for the bait damnit. You are a JET now as hard as it may seem. Maybe LT will realize he’s a Jet during training camp.

  10. Montana at Hart says: Apr 26, 2010 1:05 PM

    The 250 carries sounds reasonable, but 40 catches might be a stretch. One of the negatives on Matthews was his ability in the passing game, both catching and blocking. He had 19 catches in 3 years at Fresno so it appears to be a valid observation. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

  11. dave says: Apr 26, 2010 6:10 PM

    maybe norv meant 40 throws to , Hart lol

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