Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 8/12/12

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 03: Running back Ryan Mathews of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball while being pursued by Joey Porter of the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 3, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 41-10. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Those looking to still use a 1st round pick on Ryan Mathews and his immense upside, in spite of his recent broken collarbone, and then use a later pick on a handcuff to use in his absence, will be disappointed to know that Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner has indicated that he will use a 3-way running back committee in Mathews absence, saying “right now, it’d probably be a mix.” Those three backs will be Ronnie Brown, Curtis Brinkley, and Le’Ron McClain. Brown figures to be the de facto starter, while Brinkley will serve as a change of pace back, and McClain, also a fullback, will handle short yardage duties and maybe 3rd downs. It’s a fantasy disaster area as the 3 backs will make each other irrelevant and it’s not like any of them are that talented.  Brown looks pretty washed up, heading into his age 31 season, after averaging 3.2 YPC last season, while Curtis Brinkley has just 32 career carries. McClain, meanwhile, is just a full back, though he’s an above average runner and pass ...
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