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Ryan Mathews (knock wood) proud of his new durability

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All of a sudden, the guy who has been best known as either a fumbler or “fra-gee-lay” has turned into a major award for the Chargers.

Running back Ryan Mathews has become the kind of durable back the Chargers were hoping for, and admits that changing that reputation is gratifying.

Mathews carried for 127 yards last week in a win over the Broncos, and he admitted that kind of extended action was gratifying.

“Those were tough yards,” Mathews told Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego. “We battled for those yards. It was fun. That’s what a running back wants. . . .

“It feels good to be able to keep going. The last few years I’ve done it here and there. To be able to do it each week, that is what feels good.”

Mathews has already set a career high with 236 attempts, having played all 14 games already. He’s carried it 29 times in each of the last two games (including a short-weeker), and has convinced teammates he’s regained the confidence that was shaken by injuries and turnovers.

“You just saw a confidence, and I just felt like he was ready to have his best year, and he has done that,” Rivers said. “It’s been impressive. The way he has been running, getting to the second level and always falling forward, it’s always fun to watch him do it.

Mathews’ ability to become an every down back (not needing a replacement in short yardage) has been one of the impressive things about San Diego’s turnaround.

As long as Ralphie’s mom doesn’t knock him over while watering the plant.

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9 Responses to “Ryan Mathews (knock wood) proud of his new durability”
  1. sdcameron says: Dec 17, 2013 2:39 PM

    Nice to see PFT give Mathews some love, it’s good to see things go well for him this year. Now that he is asked to be more of a power back and is running downhill with Woodhead coming in on passing downs has really helped him and the team.

  2. elliottcovert says: Dec 17, 2013 3:46 PM

    It seems to me that McCoy has done a really great job of reworking the Charger’s O-line, and that this has really helped both Rivers in the passing game and Mathews in the running game.

  3. mackcarrington says: Dec 17, 2013 4:50 PM

    It’s good that he is having a nice uninjured stretch right now. He’s got talent. It just makes me give more respect to backs that can do it at a high level for 9 or 10 years without major injuries. Those are the ones who make the Hall of Fame.

  4. jman667 says: Dec 17, 2013 5:05 PM

    The talent has always been there, the health just hasn’t. Definitely been a breakthrough season for Mathews and a lot of the Chargers success can be attributed to him.

  5. joetoronto says: Dec 17, 2013 6:04 PM

    The ringless L.A. Chargers.

    Choo choo!

  6. bossbertozzi says: Dec 17, 2013 6:10 PM

    Must be Italian

  7. sidneyz says: Dec 17, 2013 6:14 PM

    Matthews is one play from going down again and I believe he won’t make it out safely this week against the Raiders. He’s just like McFadden, talented but Frag-il-ee!

  8. raiderapologist says: Dec 17, 2013 7:56 PM

    It’s good to see the kid finally having a healthy season. After years of watching McFadden not play, I understand how frustrating it is to see talent wasting away on the sidelines.

  9. gromit45 says: Dec 17, 2013 8:55 PM

    Oh, great. Now Matthews is going to get hurt on the 1st play next week. Thanks a lot – NOT!

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