Los Angeles Chargers: Ryan Matthews should reunite with his old team

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Ryan Mathews
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: Ryan Mathews /

Former Los Angeles Chargers running back Ryan Matthews has been released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Matthews did well with the Eagles as a key back last year after DeMarco Murray decided to leave for the Tennessee Titans. Despite that, Matthews was released by the organization. One potential suitor for Matthews’ talents is his former team, the Los Angeles Chargers.

Then, before the preseason, the Eagles signed LeGarrette Blount from New England and drafted arunning back Donnel Pumphrey. Therefore it was as if they were looking to move forward.

Ryan Matthews was great in goal line situations for the Eagles. He is a veteran physical back who knows how to score. Also, he runs north and south. Before he came to the Eagles he was in San Diego with the Chargers.

The Chargers are now in Los Angeles after they moved. They do have Melvin Gordon, yet lost Danny Woodhead to the Baltimore Ravens. LA has a list of backs on the depth chart with Gordon as the top back. Therefore the question is should the Chargers bring Ryan Matthews back?

Louis Gorini, a contributor for our sister site Bolt Beat, shares this sentiment.

If they do he would compete for the second option back on the depth chart and at the worst be a third down back. Los Angeles would benefit from Matthews coming back. When he started out with the organization he was doing well and found the end zone 23 times according to stats from NFL.com.

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Los Angeles needs another player who can find the end zone. Not only that, but he and Gordon would make an exciting tandem duo. Gordon is young and explosive, while Matthews has years of experience to help Gordon develop into his full potential.

While with the Eagles he found the end zone 16 times in 2 years. Matthews can catch a pass in the open field although he is a more physical downhill runner. Gordon is the player who excels at receiving catches, yet can be physical at times. Gordon is a talented back, just as Matthews was when he was younger.

Therefore this raises this question shall Matthews come back to play with the Chargers? It would be a good fit for both parties as Matthews is healthy and LA needs a veteran running back.

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