San Diego Chargers: 5 Reasons Ryan Mathews Will Take over in 2012

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San Diego Chargers: 5 Reasons Ryan Mathews Will Take over in 2012
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With the greatest San Diego Chargers running back walking away from the game yesterday, another Charger back is set to take the National Football League by storm in 2012.

Ryan Mathews was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft by the Chargers, who hoped that he could turn into the next LaDainian Tomlinson.

After a mediocre rookie year where Mathews rushed for just 678 yards and seven touchdowns, he rebounded with a solid sophomore season where he rushed for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns. He also added 455 receiving yards on 55 total catches. The Chargers lost running back Mike Tolbert to the Carolina Panthers in free agency, and now, Mathews will carry the Chargers' rushing game.

Mathews will be entering the third year of his five-year rookie contract, and with the spotlight focused on No. 24, expect Mathews to have a breakout season and take over the NFL in 2012. 

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