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Jackie Battle Ahead Of Ryan Mathews On Chargers Depth Chart

Michael Gehlken asked a Chargers spokesman why Jackie Battle was listed ahead of Ryan Mathews the team’s recent depth chart. Apparently, it’s not worth reading too far into.

“He just started last week, so that’s why he’s there,” said the Chargers spokesman.

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The San Diego Chargers official depth chart lists Jackie Battle as the first-team running back, ahead of Ryan Mathews.

The popular opinion is that Mathews is the superior tailback to Battle, but Battle has had 32 carries for 163 yards and 5 touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards so far this season, which is pretty impressive. Meanwhile, Mathews has ran for 105 yards on 24 carries, averaging 4.4 yards per touch.

After missing the first two games due to his collarbone injury, Mathews fumbled in the red zone against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3. Last weekend, he received sixteen carries, but most of them came after the game was out of hand. It’s strange to see how the Chargers are handling this situation, considering their expectations for Mathews, but it seems like Battle is in good position to see a decent workload against the Saints this weekend.