Norv Turner has a plan for Ryan Mathews

The Chargers made a big move on the first day of the draft, trading all the way up from No. 28 to No. 12 in order to land Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews.

Mathews is expected to take over the bulk of the backfield workload for San Diego this season now that former All-Pro running back LaDainian Tomlinson is playing for the Jets. However, where some teams may be taking a look at their newest crop of rookies and trying to figure out how to use them, Chargers head coach Norv Turner already has a very good idea of what he expects from Mathews.

“I would expect Ryan to have 250 carries and 40 catches, something like that,” Turner told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune this past weekend. “That’s obviously saying Darren is going to have the same role he’s had.”

While that amount of carries may not register in the same zip code with guys like Adrian Peterson and Chris Johnson, 250 carries would have ranked in the top 10 among running backs in 2009 and top 20 in each of the past five years.

Bottom line: Expect Mathews to be a workhorse for the Bolts in 2010—especially since San Diego is coming off a season in which they ranked 31st in the NFL in rushing (88.9 yds/gm).

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