GM Tom Telesco called Ryan Mathews a “playmaker” and said he expects “big things” from the fourth-year running back during a conference call with season ticket holders according to Ricky Henne of chargers.com.
The new Chargers front office has shown total support for Mathews since taking over from Norv Turner and AJ Smith but, in reality, they have no choice. The Chargers have one of the NFL’s least-talented rosters and Mathews might be the cream of the crop despite his inability to stay healthy.
Telesco called Mathews a “great kid” who “works extremely hard,” and said the Colts would “game plan around” Mathews when Telesco worked in Indy’s front office.
At the Combine, Telesco went so far as to suggest injury-prone Mathews would be San Diego’s 2013 “bellcow” runner. The only notable backfield addition has been passing-down specialist Danny Woodhead, giving Mathews perhaps his final opportunity to prove himself an NFL lead back.