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NFL Rumors: How many touches will Ryan Mathews have tomorrow?

Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA Today Sports

It has been a disappointing season for San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews.  Mathews ranked 10th in the NFL with 1,091 rushing yards last season, but he ranks 23rd in this category right now.

Mathews is averaging a career low 3.8 yards per rushing attempt coming off a season in which he averaged 4.9 yards per attempt which was more than anyone in the top 10 in rushing yards.

Mathews is on pace for 229 attempts, 872 yards and one touchdown after he finished with 222 attempts, 1,091 yards and six touchdowns last season.  Mathews is also averaging 6.8 yards per reception down from his 9.1 yards last season.

Mathews suffered a setback when he broke his clavicle against the Green Bay Packers in August.  Mathews’ season high in rushing yards was 95 against the Cleveland Browns while he had at least 100 yards four times last season.

According to U-T San Diego beat writer Michael Gehlken, “If Ryan Mathews doesn’t break career high in touches (28) Sunday, may be close.  Team wants RM heavily involved w/ Ronnie Brown likely out.”

San Diego will play the Carolina Panthers tomorrow in San Diego at 1:05 PM PDT.  Carolina gives up 4.4 yards per rushing attempt which ranks 18th in the NFL and has given up 11 rushing touchdowns which ranks 19th in the league.

It will be interesting to see how many touches Mathews gets in tomorrow’s game.  San Diego was eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday, so building for next season is a priority.

I had high expectations for Mathews heading into this season, but he has come up short.  San Diego needs to get Mathews back on track and maybe a career high in touches will make this happen.