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Mathews had five carries for 19 yards and lost a fumble at the goal line in the preseason opener against the Cowboys.

The fumble looked like a bit of a fluke, but it's definitely not good to see from Mathews, who has had problems hanging on to the ball in the past. Also, red zone efficiency is an area the Bolts are desperate to improve this season, so this was not a great start for them. Still, Mathews and the starting offense looked good in limited action overall.

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ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams believes walk-year RB Ryan Mathews could be headed into his final season in San Diego.

This is quite possible, but Williams' reasoning is based on the fact that the Chargers now have Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown locked up long term. While both are useful players, neither has the early-down talent Mathews' possesses. If Mathews can stay healthy for the second-consecutive year, there's a good chance he'll be back with the Bolts in 2015. Mathews turns 27 in October.

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According to the Union-Tribune San Diego, Ryan Mathews weighed 227 pounds at Chargers minicamp, down nine pounds from that time last year.

We now have conflicting reports on his weight, as a June 17 U-T San Diego story stated Mathews "weighs 222 pounds, up seven from last August." We typically prefer running backs to play at lighter weighs, where they can be more fluid and explosive. Mathews is currently training in Los Angeles to prepare for camp.

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Chargers OC Frank Reich said Ryan Mathews will remain the main back in San Diego.

"Ryan is the pounder," Reich said. "He's going to be the primary workhorse. He's our guy." The signing of Donald Brown seemed to signal a decrease in role for Mathews, but Reich called Brown a "big-play guy" and spoke about him as more of a change-of-pace back. If he can stay healthy, Mathews could once again be a 250-plus carry back.

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ESPN's Eric D. Williams said the Chargers will continue to "lean on" the running game this season.

San Diego had the sixth most rushing attempts in the league last season, averaging 33.6 rushes a game over the second half of the season. That emphasis on the run allowed Ryan Mathews to post career highs in both rushing attempts (285) and yards (1255) in 2013. The arrival of Donald Brown and the likelihood of injury should prevent Mathews from reaching those heights again, but the run-first nature of San Diego's offense will ensure Mathews is a solid RB2 when healthy.

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Ryan Mathews led the league in fantasy points per snap at the running back position last season.

Mathews' 0.40 fantasy points per snap in standard scoring led the league, and his 0.46 mark in PPR finished second behind only Jamaal Charles. Mathews is coming off a bounce-back season that saw him set career-highs in games played (16), carries (285), and yards (1,255). He was fantasy's No. 12 running back. We have Mathews as our No. 17 back entering the summer. But if he can stay healthy and remain the Chargers' early-down back, another RB1 finish is achievable.

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Ryan Mathews is up to 222 pounds after weighing in at 215 last preseason.

Per reporter Tom Krasovic, Mathews "looks to have gained muscle." Mathews has made increased durability one of this talking points this offseason, and he obviously believes some added weight will help keep him on the field. The flipside is that it could sap some explosiveness.

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Ryan Mathews believes the Chargers' addition of Donald Brown will help him hold up physically in 2014.

In other words, Mathews expects Brown to take some of his carries, catches, and snaps. Mathews played all 16 games for the first time in his career last year, finishing as the No. 12 overall fantasy running back. "I (want to) make it more than 16 games," is Mathews' goal for 2014. "That was a big goal last year: 'Alright, let's get him through 16 games.' We did that. Now the goal is to keep me healthy, keep running after 16 games."

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Chargers GM Tom Telesco confirmed that Ryan Mathews remains "our bell cow."

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The Chargers ranked 28th in the NFL in goal-line efficiency in 2013.

A lot of those flubbed goal-line chances came early in the year as the Chargers rolled with Danny Woodhead/Le'Ron McClain in the red zone. But as the season moved along, the coaching staff found more and more trust in Ryan Mathews. Over the final eight games, Mathews ran for five touchdowns -- including three plunges from the 1-yard line. He'll be the clear-cut goal-line back in 2014, the final year of his rookie contract.