Chargers RB Ryan Mathews will have to earn his carries under new head coach Mike McCoy. Early in training camp, Mathews isn’t being featured as San Diego’s bell-cow rusher. He has received snaps with the first- and second-team units as McCoy uses Mathews in rotation with newcomer Danny Woodhead (New England) and the re-signed Ronnie Brown.
“I’ve been raised with (Denver head coach) John Fox in this league,” said McCoy, referring to his mentor with the Broncos and Carolina Panthers. “We always played with a couple of backs. It doesn’t matter who’s in there. Keep them fresh.
“That’s the big thing. Play the hot hand while you roll. If you’ve got to tap out for a play or two, we’ll put the next guy in.”
It's potentially an ugly fantasy RB situation in SD, but we kind of expected that. The good news is it's still early, and if you feel the best back will emerge, that should be Mathews. Unfortunately, it's really tough to have faith in him. Mathews is getting drafted in the sixth round, but that's a bit of a risk at that point in the draft given the current situation. Woodhead is an interesting sleeper in the later rounds. He has been useful in recent years as a RB3/RB4 in PPR formats.