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Ryan Mathews: It will be “awesome” working with Donald Brown

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Chargers running back Ryan Mathews played 16 games for the first time in his career in 2013, rushing for 1,255 yards and helping the Chargers to a playoff berth in the process.

The Chargers responded to Mathews’ long-awaited full season by moving quickly in free agency to sign running back Donald Brown to a three-year, $10.5 million contract with $4 million in guaranteed money. If Mathews is perturbed by San Diego’s decision to add another player to a backfield that also includes Danny Woodhead, he’s doing a good job keeping it to himself.

Mathews said Brown’s presence in the backfield is “going to be awesome” and pointed to a late-season ankle injury that limited him in the playoffs as a reason to be happy about the Chargers’ decision to pounce on Brown.

“I [want to] make it more than 16 games,” Mathews said, via U-T San Diego. “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.”

With his own free agency looming, it would be a good year for Mathews to keep running for as many games as the Chargers play. Running backs may never break the bank again, but a second straight productive and durable season would set Mathews up to cash in as much as possible before the 2015 season. If Brown’s presence helps him do that, no one will be complaining.

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10 Responses to “Ryan Mathews: It will be “awesome” working with Donald Brown”
  1. Seaucide55 says: Apr 29, 2014 7:31 AM

    Injury prone.

  2. ctiggs says: Apr 29, 2014 8:15 AM

    Mr. Glass Man, AKA Mr (Pre-2013) Fantasy football season killer.

  3. ctiggs says: Apr 29, 2014 8:16 AM

    You dont throw stones if you are made of glass.

  4. afcdomination says: Apr 29, 2014 8:27 AM

    I think SD has blown it for years now at the HB position. they let Tolbert leave over a measly million a year extra, they let Sproles leave. and what did they do at the HB position? they had an injury prone HB take the full carry load while mediocre HB’s like Jackie Battle were signed.

    now they finally have a legitimate #2, or option 1a, and its an option that lit the chiefs up last year. they couldn’t figure out how to tackle Donald Brown. great move for the chargers.

  5. chargersdiehard says: Apr 29, 2014 8:39 AM

    Ryan Mathews is a baller who had some bad injury breaks. The kid has shown heart and talent, he just needs to stay healthy.

  6. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 29, 2014 8:51 AM

    Assuming it’s genuine, more NFL RB’s should have that attitude. Sharing the load in the backfield helps keep all the backs fresher and healthier, and tends to prolong their careers…thus enabling them to last longer and make more money. Mathews sounds pretty smart.

  7. dougydougdoug says: Apr 29, 2014 11:32 AM

    The Chargers offered Tolbert more money to stay. But he’s from the south, and all his family is around the Carolinas. So, he opted for that.

  8. joetoronto says: Apr 29, 2014 12:16 PM

    Ringless and hopeless in San Diego.

    Choo, choo!

  9. sdboltaction says: Apr 29, 2014 3:54 PM

    That’s not entirely true. I do have hope that one day the Chargers will win a championship. It’s only a matter of time until the NFL puts the fix in for SD to get them their Lombardi.

  10. rohlo says: May 3, 2014 10:53 PM

    afcdomination says:
    Apr 29, 2014 8:27 AM
    I think SD has blown it for years now at the HB position. they let Tolbert leave over a measly million a year extra, they let Sproles leave. and what did they do at the HB position? they had an injury prone HB take the full carry load while mediocre HB’s like Jackie Battle were signed.

    now they finally have a legitimate #2, or option 1a, and its an option that lit the chiefs up last year. they couldn’t figure out how to tackle Donald Brown. great move for the chargers.

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    actually tolbert took less to sign with carolina becasue that is where he is from!!!

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