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Mailbag: Ryan Mathews and the Offensive Line
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Q: Have you been as impressed by Ryan Mathews as I have been? I’m back on the Ryan Mathews wagon! Are you? – Arnie Tempers
A: I’ve never been off of it! Mathews is entering his fourth-year in the league, is just 25 years old and has a world of talent. He’s the first to admit last year was a disappointment for a variety of reasons, but what I like best is that he refuses to look back at 2012. He is completely focused on 2013. I like the way he is running the ball with confidence and making quick decisions. He is also falling forward for positive yards. So to answer your question, yes I have been impressed by Ryan Mathews but this is also what I expected out of him.
Q: How have the defensive backs held up in practice with our wide receivers? – Jorge Bernal
A: These have been some of my favorite battles to watch since day one of training camp. The defensive backs have more than held their own going up against the Chargers wideouts. But at the same time, the receivers have had more than their fair share of success as well. It’s a funny thing because no matter who wins the battle, you’re happy about what you’re seeing from one side of the ball. McCoy has talked about this a couple times as well, stating that rooting for the offense comes at the expense of the defense, and vice versa. It’s a tricky situation. But to get back to your question, the DBs have done well in practice. I particularly like what I’m seeing out of Shareece Wright who has been elevated to a starting role in his third NFL season.
Q: Now that training camp is over, what date is the final roster announced? – Stephen Applewood
A: There are two dates approaching in which the roster will be paired down. The first is next Tuesday, August 27th when the roster will be trimmed to 75. Later that week, after the final preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, the roster must get down to 53 on Friday, August 30th. Typically the practice squad is announced the following day, though I can’t confirm that at this time.
Q: Thoughts on the offensive line? I like what I’m seeing! – Bobby Fortunato
A: I think it’s coming together very well, especially considering the short amount of time they’ve been together. When I spoke with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt last week, he said that of all the units on a team, chemistry plays the largest role along the o-line. Considering only Nick Hardwick returns at the position he played last year and that there are three new comers, I’m quite impressed by how the unit has gelled thus far. What I like seeing best is the running lanes they are opening up after the team ranked 27th in rushing last season.
Q: What’s the deal with this new policy for bringing stuff into the stadium? Can you explain what it is? – Marnie Willets
A: Sure. I actually got a couple questions about this. To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into all NFL stadiums, this offseason the National Football League introduced a policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium. Click here to read all about it and make sure you are in compliance to “Be Clear on Game Day”.