If there is a ding against Chargers RB Ryan Mathews it's that he gets banged up often. He has missed six games in two seasons. Getting the rock 25-30 times per game may be a challenge for a player who has 380 NFL carries. Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. is a big believer in Mathews’ abilities, but he wonders if he can handle the load of being a true workhorse.
“In terms of what Mathews is capable of, I totally see it,” Williamson said. “I think he is a nearly elite total running back, in terms of his physical skill set and ability to help in all phases of the position. He’s a stud. But, what we don’t know and what I have huge questions about is his mind-set/toughness to be a true lead back. Few have that mental capacity to truly want the ball down after down and have the entire team lean on them when it matters most, like Emmitt Smith. And can Mathews play with pain? I have my doubts for sure. His talents suggest that he can be that guy and be one of the very best. What he has shown to this point from a toughness/mental standpoint. I have serious doubts. I hope he proves me wrong, and he might.”