Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Alex Marvez  |  Last updated 7/28/13
The fluke injuries that have derailed Ryan Mathews' NFL career were something the San Diego Chargers running back couldn't control. Something that is within his power: better production when he is healthy. To that end, Mathews enters his fourth NFL season with a new approach. He is no longer putting pressure on himself to try and fill the giant shoes left behind by Chargers all-time leading rusher LaDainian Tomlinson. Mathews believes that will help him better showcase the talent that made him the No. 12 overall pick in the 2010 draft. "One of my main problems was trying to do over-my-head stuff and not really being me," Tomlinson told me and co-host Gil Brandt on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "That's one thing I wanted to focus on this offseason - not trying to be someone that I'm not." Ex-Chargers head coach Norv Turner immediately placed the heat on Mathews by saying he expected the former Fresno State standout to tally 250 carries and 40 receptions as a rookie. Mathews not only fell s...
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