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December 16, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) is tackled by Carolina Panthers defensive back Josh Thomas (22) after running for a first down during the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers to employ a running back rotation this season?

The San Diego Chargers had big plans for Ryan Mathews when they drafted him out of Fresno State.

Things haven’t went as planned and now under a new coach, the San Diego Chargers are reportedly set to use a running back rotation this season as Ryan Matthews has been spotted working with the second team offense.

Per Fox Sports:

Mathews will have to earn his carries under new head coach Mike McCoy. Early in training camp, Mathews isn’t being featured as San Diego’s bell-cow rusher like under Turner. He has received snaps with the first- and second-team units as McCoy uses Mathews in rotation with newcomer Danny Woodhead (New England) and the re-signed Ronnie Brown.

“I’ve been raised with (Denver head coach) John Fox in this league,” said McCoy, referring to his mentor with the Broncos and Carolina Panthers. “We always played with a couple of backs. It doesn’t matter who’s in there. Keep them fresh.

“That’s the big thing. Play the hot hand while you roll. If you’ve got to tap out for a play or two, we’ll put the next guy in.”

Tags: Danny Woodhead Ronnie Brown Ryan Mathews San Diego Chargers

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