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Morning links: Ryan Mathews earns praise

Good morning. Bucky Brooks of NFL.com put together his list of the most complete running backs in the league right now. And San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews earned a spot on the list at No. 8.

Even though Danny Woodhead serves as San Diego’s running back on passing downs, Mathews still has the ability to make things happen as a pass catcher. More importantly, he developed into one the most effective runners in the league last season, rushing for a career-best 1,255 yards in 2013.

Brooks: "The additions of Donald Brown this year and Danny Woodhead last year have turned Mathews into a bit of a role player in the Chargers' offense, but he still displays the skill and versatility to be a three-down back. The fifth-year pro has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in two of his past three seasons, exhibiting the balance, body control and vision to be effective between the tackles or on the perimeter. Mathews finished 2013 with six 100-yard games (he narrowly missed a seventh, posting a 99-yard effort in Week 16) and caught at least three passes in four different contests. Although his receiving numbers were greatly affected by Woodhead's prominent role in the passing game, Mathews' skills as a runner/receiver make him worthy of consideration as one of the league's most complete running backs."