It's time for his play, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews said Thursday, to silence it all.
"I'm just waiting to step my game up," Mathews, 24, said following a morning walkthrough. "Being able to have the guys around me and be in shape, it's like, man, it's time to go. It's time to get ready and, basically, to shut everyone up."
Wednesday took him closer to that goal.
He took his conditioning test and, unlike with last year's version after the lockout, could talk about it afterward with a smile.
With no real threat behind him to steal carries, Mathews is projected to have a huge year. We rank him fourth on our RB list, just a notch below the consensus three studs: Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy and Ray Rice. While you might be forced to "settle" for someone like Mathews in the middle of the first round, he has a chance to finish ahead of any of the RBs just mentioned - But he'll have to stay on the field.