Chargers head coach Norv Turner plans to use a two-back system this year.
"That’s the mindset now. ... I think if you have guys that are diverse, you can use two," said Turner, referring to speedy early-down back Ryan Mathews and versatile power runner Mike Tolbert. "The emergence of Tolbert gives us a chance to have a one-two punch. Tolbert gives us a nice changeup. Obviously he’s a physical, hard-to-tackle, punishing runner and Ryan has great speed." Tolbert may end up getting as many carries as Mathews even though he is listed second on the depth chart.
Mathews is expected to miss the Chargers preseason opener with a "slight" muscle strain in his upper leg.
Oh how we miss the days of LT in powder blue. Fantasy bliss. In reality, running back by committee is not good for any fantasy situation.