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Mathews expected to go vs. Seattle

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    By Kevin Acee
    Monday, September 20, 2010 at 6:54 p.m.



    Tests on Ryan Mathews’ right ankle were negative and indications are that the rookie running back will play Sunday at Seattle.
    Mathews wore a protective boot and was said to be “sore” a day after leaving the game in the first quarter.
    Mathews had five carries for 26 yards and two receptions for 29 yards before leaving.
    Said head coach Norv Turner: “He was off to a great start … of what was going to be a very big day.”
    Kept on the sideline much of the fourth quarter in the season opener due to a decline in play after his second-quarter fumble, Mathews fumbled again Sunday and then got hurt. Through two games, when playing and not fumbling, Mathews has been highly effective. He has 24 carries for 101 yards and three catches for 31 yards.
    Turner reiterated what he said Sunday, that Mathews needs to secure the ball better. But Turner is not worried about a player who fumbled just three times in his collegiate career.
    “He’s gotten off to a good start,” Turner said. “I’m excited about what he’s doing. We were smiling this morning, talking about the things he needs to do. He’s a sharp guy. He gets it. He’s not going to get down on himself.”
    Goal line pick ’em

    The Chargers don’t plan on Sunday being the last short-yardage touchdowns by Mike Tolbert.
    The fullback-tailback stepped in for Mathews Sunday, carrying 16 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns (from 2 and 1 yards). Even when the 218-pound Mathews returns, it won’t be unusual to see the 245-pound Tolbert subbed in at the line.
    “I like both of them at the goal line a lot,” Turner said. “You get down in there and things get real tight, obviously Michael is alittle bit bigger and has more experience in our goal line runs. But I see both of them being in there at the goal line.”
    On further review

    Turner believed when it happened Sunday that Jaguars cornerback David Jones did not possess the ball as he went out of bounds, but Turner didn’t challenge the second-quarter interception ruling because Chargers coaches did not get a good replay to look at until Jacksonville had run a number of plays.
    “We had a tough time getting replays during the game,” Turner said, referring to the fact that because the game was televised so sparsely around the country there were not many camera angles available.
    Turner said referee Terry McAulay told him McAulay could not overturn the call on Mathews’ first-quarter fumble because there was no conclusive replay.
    Turner said the failed challenge on Mathews’ fumble also played a part in him not challenging the interception. Still, Turner acknowledged he probably should have challenged the interception anyway.
    Third down trouble

    The Chargers had two sacks, three other tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. Jacksonville got just two field goals on three drives that began in Chargers’ territory. The Chargers’ six takeaways were the result of two excellent strips, a ball batted at the line, a quarterback hit and some athletic plays in coverage.
    But the Chargers were not pleased with one aspect of their defense. A week after holding Kansas City to 1-of-11 on third down tries, Jacksonville made a late run to finish 6-of-12.
    “We did a great job getting people in third-and-long and we need to take advantage of that,” Turner said. “They converted too many third downs in the fourth quarter.”
    The Jaguars actually were 1-for-4 in the fourth quarter, including 0-for-3 on third-and-long. But they converted all three of their third downs over seven yards in the third quarter and were 4-for-5 overall.
    No news is no news

    There was no news on the Vincent Jackson front, though speculation abounds.
    It is known the Minnesota Vikings are still considering making a trade for the receiver, though not whether they’re willing to meet the Chargers’ certainly lofty demands. The exact price being asked for Jackson is not known, though it is likely more than a team would be willing to give if they’re essentially renting Jackson with a one-year contract.
    Jackson must be traded by 1 p.m. Wednesday in order to be eligible to play in his new team’s fifth game.
    Nuts ‘n’ Bolts

    • Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman said his Achilles’ had only the expected soreness Monday following his season debut.
    • Left tackle Brandyn Dombrowski, who came out of Sunday’s game after being leg whipped early in the fourth quarter, has a bruise and is expected to play at Seattle.
    • Cornerback Antoine Cason’s final takeaway Sunday wasn’t officially known until Monday. His tackle of Jaguars backup quarterback Luke McCown on Jacksonville’s second-to-last play resulted in McCown tearing his ACL, ending his season. Cason had two interceptions and forced a fumble.
    • Sunday’s game was the first in Chargers history where the two teams combined for one punt. Jacksonville did not punt, and the Chargers tried to twice but one was blocked.
    • Approximately 12,000 tickets remain for the Chargers’ next home game, Oct. 3 against the Arizona Cardinals.
     
  2. szarmes

    szarmes I am the Walrus

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    That's a relief. I really want to see him succeed
     
  3. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    Its not that I dont wanna see as much as RM has to offer this team, I just dont want to see him rushed back prematurely. Tolbert could hold up the rotation spot at RB with Sproles and we could jus give RMs ankle another week to chill.

    My favorite part of that:
    The Chargers had two sacks, three other tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries. Jacksonville got just two field goals on three drives that began in Chargers’ territory.

    Our D is deffinatly ready to take us as far as our O can throw/run. Glad that we dont have to try too hard too early this year with alot of speed bump opponents early to help us with our Sept woes.
     
  4. Johnny Lightning

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    UPDATED: Mathews, Floyd not at practice

    By Chris Jenkins
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 2:12 p.m.

    For obvious reasons, Vincent Jackson was not among the receivers on the field as the Chargers began practice for Sunday's game at Seattle. Not yet so obvious is the reason why No. 1 wideout Malcom Floyd, so fleet in getting behind the Jacksonville defense for a long touchdown pass, was not present.
    Also not taking part was rookie running back Ryan Mathews, knocked out of the Jaguars game with an ankle injury, though the Chargers said Mathews was sidelined for the second half as a precaution. Returning for practice were inside linebacker Stephen Cooper, on the rebound from a knee injury, and offensive tackle Brandyn Dombrowski with his right shin heavily taped.


    UPDATE: Mathews said he has a high ankle sprain but he doesn't think it is "that bad" and hopes to play Sunday. Floyd has "leg soreness," according to Norv Turner. Cooper was limited but did do some team drills.
     
  5. Trumpet_Man

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    Ya have to wonder if VJ is not helping this "leg soreness" in some fashion ? VJ offers M80 some cash to play lame duck to pressure AJ into getting VJ on the field......hmmmmm
     
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    Bolts rookie Mathews optimistic

    By Kevin Acee
    Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at 9:30 p.m.


    Ryan Mathews remained optimistic he will play Sunday at Seattle despite a high ankle sprain, and he seemed in a good place regardless.
    “They’re going to go on how I feel,” Mathews said. “I feel good … I don’t think it was that bad. They’re going to take precautionary measures to make sure my career isn’t going to be upset over an ankle … Something that could be a week, if I don’t treat it right could be six weeks.”
    The rookie tailback was tackled and had his ankle rolled in the first quarter of last Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. He did not return to the game.
    While he has played well -- 24 carries for 101 yards and three catches for 31 yards in two games – Mathews has also lost two fumbles and now faces the possibility of missing time or being limited.
    “It’s real humbling,” he said. “I just have to work harder and just get ready. I have to wait, be patient, my time is going to come. Right now I’m going through some barriers, but that’s the road you have to take.”
     

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