In our AFC West chat Thursday, we talked about the importance of San Diego running back Ryan Mathews catching about 50 passes out of the backfield this season.
It prompted me to do some quick research and the results show that San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers usually hits his running back in that range. In fact, Mathews caught exactly 50 passes last season. So, I’d think he could get in the 60-catch range this season as the Chargers plan to expand his workload.
His fine performance catching the ball last year clearly gave Rivers and the San Diego coaching staff confidence he can succeed in the role.
We currently project Mathews to catch nearly 62 passes this season.