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Monday, October 8, 2012, 12:19pm
“I felt good,” Mathews said. “My line and my fullback and my receivers and tight end, everyone was just doing a good job blocking downfield. It just sucks. You really want to enjoy all that other stuff you do in the game, but it just feels like it's for nothing.”
“Ryan played really well,” Turner said. “He played physical. He played fast. He did a good job when he was in there and with the (pass) protection part. I think he's doing the things we need him to do.”
Jimmy Graham limited by ankle injury
Monday, October 8, 2012, 2:08am
New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham left Sunday night's game against the San Diego Chargers during the second quarter. Graham had his right ankle looked at and taped up by the Saints' training staff late in the second quarter.
Graham didn't play in the final series of the second quarter as he stood on the sideline with his ankle taped and his helmet off. David Thomas took snaps instead. Graham returned in the second half despite being deemed questionable to return.
Graham only had one catch for 4 yards against the Chargers. Graham also left the Saints locker room with a walking boot on his right foot. All interim coach Aaron Kromer said about Graham's injury after the game was, "We'll see."
The Saints are on bye in Week 6 and if Graham was able to play though the injury, he should be ready to go for Week 7.
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 7:12pm
Nick Novak will handle kicking duties.
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 10:11am
“The starter, we’ll find out on the first play of the game,” Turner said before suggesting that Battle and Ryan Mathews would share carries. “One had 14 carries and one had 15 carries (last week), and if we can get that done again, it’ll be outstanding.”
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 10:08am
Falcons WR Julio Jones practiced in full on Friday and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Redskins. Jones suffered a cut on his hand in the first quarter against the Chargers in Week 4, which limited his production last Sunday versus the Panthers. But there are no concerns moving forward.
Ryan Mathews listed second on depth chart
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 3:53pm
Beat writer Michael Gehlken had this to say via Twitter: Team spokesman on why Battle listed No. 1 RB ahead of Mathews on online depth chart: "He just started last week, so that's why he's there." Wouldn't read into it. Chargers confident in Mathews. Likely only matter of time before he's the guy ahead of Battle, who'll stay involved.
Our concern is not that Battle is going to out-touch Mathews over the rest of the season, it's that Battle appears to be moving into more of a Mike Tolbert role, where he gets most of the goal line touches. This would put a serious dent in Mathews' value. He'd be more of a fantasy RB2 than a RB1.
Nate Kaeding is week-to-week
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 9:26pm
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 5:18pm
Norv Turner said today WR Vincent Brown is "making progress. He's right on schedule."
Chargers easing Ryan Mathews back into action
Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 10:32am
If Ryan Mathews had not fumbled against the Falcons, it is expected the Pro Bowler would have started against the Chiefs. While the mishap did not reduce Turner's long-term confidence in Mathews, it did make it evident that Mathews, after missing six weeks with a broken clavicle, would best be eased into action.
That process began Sunday with a series of lower-leverage opportunities.
Most his work instead came with the victory fairly decided in the fourth quarter when he totaled 11 of his 16 touches for 68 yards. For the game, he was in on 21 plays compared to Battle's 27.
Mathews watched as Jackie Battle and the Bolts drove down the field for a TD and he watched again when the team was backed up against the goal line. The article said this isn't expected to continue as long as Mathews continues to "prove he's ready for work in more critical situations."
Chargers still trust RB Mathews
Monday, October 1, 2012, 8:50am
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews paid some penance against the Chiefs, working in a more complementary role after a costly fumble last week in his season debut. The Pro Bowler had 10 carries for 60 yards with an eight-yard reception in the fourth quarter of a 37-20 win.
Coach Norv Turner said after the game he has “great trust” in Mathews.
For much of the game, he had a different way of showing it.
Mathews said he wasn't shocked about his reduced role after his fumble in Week 3, but fantasy owners probably were. Jackie Battle, who looks as if he's passed Curtis Brinkley and Ronnie Brown on the depth chart, got the start and played pretty well, scoring a rushing TD and a receiving TD. Mathews got fourth quarter action and finished with one less carry than Battle and more yards (15 to 14 and 39 to 61). Hopefully, this was a one-week message against a team the Chargers felt they could beat without Mathews' services. Next week, the Bolts go against the Saints.