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Ryan Mathews

27-Year-Old Running Back – San Diego Chargers

2013 Rush/Rec Stats

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285

Yds

1255

TD

6

Yds

189

TD

1

2014 Rush/Rec Projections

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2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Mathews' injury-prone ways, especially in 2012, made him a draft-day value in 2013, as he delivered the best season of his career thanks to staying healthy for all 16 games. His YPC bounced back from ...

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2014 ADP:  57.85

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HT: 6' 0"   WT: 220   DOB: 5/1/1987  College: Fresno State  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Ryan Mathews Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $25.65 million deal that includes $15.08 million guaranteed with the Chargers in August of 2010.

August 24, 2014  –  Ryan Mathews News

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Mathews had 22 yards on four carries and 26 yards on two receptions in Sunday's preseason game against the 49ers.

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Ryan Mathews NFL Stats
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  Rushing Rush Distance Big Rush Games Receiving Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2010 23 SD 12 158 678 7 4.3 0 0 1 0 0 22 145 6.6 0 26 0 0 0 0 5 3
2011 24 SD 14 222 1091 6 4.9 9 0 4 0 0 50 455 9.1 0 59 0 0 0 0 5 2
2012 25 SD 12 184 707 1 3.8 1 0 0 0 0 39 252 6.5 0 56 0 0 0 0 2 2
2013 26 SD 16 285 1255 6 4.4 5 1 0 0 0 26 189 7.3 1 33 0 0 0 0 2 1
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Ryan Mathews Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Rec/G Yds/G YPT In20 In10 In5
2010 23 SD 12 10.4 12.2 11.3 13 57 0 0 0 2 12 5.6 0 0 0
2011 24 SD 14 13.6 17.2 15.4 16 78 19 10 4 4 33 7.7 2 2 1
2012 25 SD 12 8.5 11.7 10.1 15 59 15 2 0 3 21 4.5 3 0 0
2013 26 SD 16 11.7 13.3 12.5 18 78 32 12 7 2 12 5.7 2 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Ryan Mathews – Playing Time Overview

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Snap Count Stats

395

Offensive Snaps in 2013

Ryan Mathews was on the field for 395 of his team's snaps on offense in 2013.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Ryan Mathews was on the field for 0 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Off ST
2011 - -
2012 402 0
2013 395 0
Ryan Mathews 2013 Game Log
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  Snap Count Rushing Rush Distance Receiving Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Runs Red Zone Targets
Week Opp Off ST Att Yards TD Avg 20+ 40+ Rec Yards Avg TD Tar Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 Hou 20 0 13 33 0 2.5 0 0 2 22 11.0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 @Phi 27 0 16 73 0 4.6 1 0 1 3 3.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0
3 @Ten 19 0 16 58 0 3.6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
4 Dal 35 0 19 62 0 3.3 0 0 4 41 10.3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 @Oak 3 0 3 8 0 2.7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Ind 0 0 22 102 0 4.6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 @Jax 34 0 21 110 1 5.2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0
8 BYE Bye Week
9 @Was 15 0 7 34 0 4.9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 Den 26 0 14 59 1 4.2 1 0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0
11 @Mia 36 0 19 127 0 6.7 1 1 2 16 8.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
12 @KC 24 0 14 55 1 3.9 0 0 2 10 5.0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0
13 Cin 36 0 14 61 0 4.4 0 0 5 31 6.2 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 NYG 42 0 29 103 1 3.6 0 0 3 32 10.7 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 6 4 0 0 0
15 @Den 37 0 29 127 1 4.4 1 0 1 1 1.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
16 Oak 41 0 25 99 1 4.0 1 0 3 20 6.7 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0
17 KC 0 0 24 144 0 6.0 0 0 2 11 5.5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @Cin 0 0 13 52 0 4.0 0 0 2 12 6.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @Den 0 0 5 26 0 5.2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Ryan Mathews  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Running Backs
Height:   6' 0"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   220 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.37 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.33 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   7.00 sec
AVERAGE
Arm Length:   31.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.25 in
AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   36 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   121 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   19 reps
WEAK
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Ryan Mathews: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Mathews had five carries for 19 yards and lost a fumble at the goal line in the preseason opener against the Cowboys.

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Coming off of a career year, Mathews remains the primary back in San Diego but could see fierce competition from Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown for touches, the Chargers' Official website reports.

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Mathews was playing through a high ankle sprain in both of San Diego's playoff games, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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High ankle sprains typically require a multi-week absence, but Mathews never missed a game. He originally suffered the injury in Week 16, then ran for 144 yards against the Chiefs in Week 17. Mathews aggravated his injury in the second half of a first-round win over the Bengals, and, despite suiting up for Sunday's loss to the Broncos, he wasn't able to finish the game. He's under contract for 2014, though, and will very likely head into the season as San Diego's No. 1 back. The high-ankle sprain shouldn't affect his availability for OTAs or training camp.
Mathews (ankle) had five carries for 26 yards in Sunday's Divisional Playoff game against the Broncos.

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Mathews felt strong enough on his injured ankle to suit up, but apparently was not feeling back at full strength. He did not return to the field in the second half, which left Danny Woodhead as the primary running back. It was a successful season for Mathews and he will head into 2014 with a renewed confidence.
Mathews (ankle) will suit up Sunday against the Broncos, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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Though Mathews did not practice all week, he will give it a go Sunday with Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown on hand to work in complementary roles and/or provide relief, if Mathews ends up being limited at all Sunday.
The Chargers expect Mathews (ankle) to play Sunday against the Broncos, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

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We'll verify the running back's status as Sunday's 4:40 ET kickoff approaches, but chances are, Mathews will try to give it a go, despite not practicing all week. Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown would be in line for added touches in the Chargers' offense, in the event that Mathews ends up being scratched or limited at all on Sunday.
Mathews sported a brace on his left ankle Friday as he watched practice, ESPN.com reports.

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Mathews (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos after not practicing all week.

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Meanwhile, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune relays that a team source noted with regard to Mathews facing the Broncos on Sunday, "that's the plan." Given the magnitude of the game, we'd be surprised if Mathews didn't give it a go, but it's possible that he could be limited, a scenario that could lead to the likes of Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown seeing added touches Sunday.

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2013

Mathews had more broken collarbones (2) last year than touchdowns (1) or 100-yard games (0). The injuries book-ended his awful campaign as he missed the first two and last two games of the season. Mathews also missed six games during his first two years in the league and was limited or removed from numerous others due to a variety of nagging leg injuries. Perhaps it's actually a good sign his lower body went through last season relatively unscathed. When he was on the field, Mathews was largely ineffective – he averaged a career-low 3.8 YPC, saw his YPT drop from 7.7 to 4.5 and spent some time on the bench because of costly fumbles. A new coaching staff this season should give him a fresh start, but in terms of red-zone play calling, it's hard for a running back to do better than Norv Turner. There's still a lot to like about Mathews, however. He has good vision, balance and burst, and at 6-0, 218, he's built for goal-line work. He's also just two seasons removed from a 1,500-yard-from-scrimmage campaign in only 14 games.

2012

Mathews followed up his disastrous rookie season with a much better sophomore campaign, albeit a frustrating one at times, as he continued to deal with nagging injuries. Despite missing two games and finishing with 532 snaps (18 other backs had more), Mathews’ 1,546 yards from scrimmage was the fifth most in football, his 3.2 YPC after contact was the fourth highest and his 50 receptions tied him for seventh among all backs. He was also effective near the goal line in limited opportunities, converting 4-of-5 attempts for scores, while Mike Tolbert went just 5-for-18 there. San Diego let Tolbert leave via free agency and didn’t address the RB position until round seven of the draft, so the team is clearly turning full-time duties over to Mathews. Coach Norv Turner has plenty of faults, but he consistently produces big seasons from his lead backs, and San Diego is a perennial leader in goal-line opportunities, so this is an ideal situation. Mathews has the physical skills to take full advantage, with terrific vision and sneaky speed, but there’s reason for skepticism because of past health issues. Moreover, Mathews’ five fumbles tied for the most among running backs, despite a modest 222 carries.

2011

Mathews’ rookie season was nothing short of disastrous, especially to those who spent an early fantasy pick on him. A high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 2 cost him a game, but worse, he returned too soon, and the injury limited him for the remainder of the season. He went 0-for-5 at the goal line and also fumbled a whopping five times, losing three, on just 158 carries. As a result, Mike Tolbert ended the year as San Diego’s most valuable fantasy back. Mathews did show flashes of his ability, however, highlighted by a 120-yard, three-TD performance in Week 17, and the Chargers still consider him their franchise back. San Diego is consistently among the league-leaders in providing scoring opportunities at the goal line, and coach Norv Turner has traditionally preferred a lead ball carrier. There’s top-five upside here if Mathews seizes the opportunity.

2010

Mathews racked up 1,808 rushing yards (6.6 YPC) with 19 touchdowns during his junior year at Fresno State, and the Chargers felt compelled to trade up to select him. He’s not a burner and is unlikely to be a tackle-breaking machine at the NFL level, but Mathews is capable of carrying a full workload and should easily churn out high yardage totals despite not being an exceptional athlete. He didn’t pass block much in college, and he wasn’t used as a receiver often, but Fresno State’s scheme is similar to San Diego’s, so the transition should be relatively easy. Few rookies have ever been put in a position to succeed as quickly out of the gate as Mathews, who inherits a role that produced an incredible 28 goal-line rushing attempts last season — the second-most in the league since 2004 (which also happened to go to San Diego’s lead back). Coach Norv Turner already stated a desired goal of getting Mathews 290 touches, so he'll have plenty of oppourtunities to succeed. The Chargers don’t view Darren Sproles as anything more than a third-down back, so Mathews will see a lot of work on 1st and 2nd down. Not only does Mathews have a high ceiling as lead back in one of the NFL’s best offenses, but as crazy as it sounds, thanks to his role he’s also one of the safer picks, even as a rookie.