Chargers RB Ryan Mathews proud of his new durability

Dec 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos strong safety Mike Adams (20) attempts to tackle San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews (24) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers might have finally found their running back in Ryan Mathews. He was once labeled as a “fragile” running back but is proving this season that he can be durable and reliable.

“Those were tough yards,” Mathews told Kevin Acee of U-T San Diego. “We battled for those yards. It was fun. That’s what a running back wants. . . .

“It feels good to be able to keep going. The last few years I’ve done it here and there. To be able to do it each week, that is what feels good.”

Mathews hasn’t missed any games this season and has already set a career high in carries. He has carried the ball 29 times in each of the last two games, a considerable workload for a back. His teammates see a new confidence in Mathews.

“You just saw a confidence, and I just felt like he was ready to have his best year, and he has done that,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “It’s been impressive. The way he has been running, getting to the second level and always falling forward, it’s always fun to watch him do it.

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