San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner chatted with the media following Wednesday's practice and discussed the role of Ryan Mathews moving forward. Turner indicated that he believes Mathews' could benefit from getting into the range of 24-25 carries per game. Mathews had 16 carries and five receptions last week and 21 carries and four receptions the week before.
Coaches often state goals that they're unable to meet for one reason or another. (Remember, Shonne Greene was supposed to see 300+ carries this season, and he's on pace for 204.) But while Turner can't ensure that Mathews gets 24+ carries, he is in control of how the touches are distributed amongst Mathews and Mike Tolbert. Against the Dolphins, the two players saw the same number of snaps., so thus far it has been a timeshare. Keep in mind that Mathews hasn't been the most durable RB in the world -- an increased workload means an increased risk of injury.