NFL rookie report: Ryan Mathews
For the past decade, fantasy owners haven't needed to ask "who" with regard to the San Diego rushing attack, just how many -- how many yards, how many touchdowns, how many records will be broken. But
At the NFL Combine in February, Mathews ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash and posted one of the best broad jumps of all the running back prospects -- good athleticism for a back measuring 5-foot-11 and 218 pounds.
As if all of that is not enough, Chargers coach
Moreno carried the ball 247 times for Denver last season with mixed results. He was hot in November but struggled through the season's final month, as one would expect of a rookie. Mathews could match not only Moreno's attempt total, but the number of times he reached the end zone (seven rushing, two receiving).
To be fair to the first-year player, he's probably best suited as a No. 2 back, anywhere from No. 15 to 20 among those at his position. He has a ton of ability and a favorable environment, but fantasy owners should never lose sight of the fact that he's a rookie, and rookies rarely provide consistent and satisfactory results over a 16-game schedule.