Mathews however has struggled to live up to those expectations and while not exactly a bust, he certainly hasn’t produced like a top fifteen pick should.
Riddled with injuries, Mathews has found troubles even staying on the field but now entering his fourth season, the former Fresno State star says the game has finally slowed down for him mentally:
“I’ve been keeping in shape and keeping on my stuff so that when it was time to go, I wouldn’t be behind,” Mathews said via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I feel right where I left off. Just still getting the plays and just getting the speed down still, but it’s slowed down. It’s really like I never left, but you still have to get the timing down.”
The Chargers apparently plan to use a rotational system of running backs this season which should keep Mathews healthy (hopefully), but will certainly tick off fantasy football players hoping to cash in on Mathews’ unique skill set.