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Morning links: Ryan Mathews on fumbling

Good morning. Steve Hartman and Mike Costa of XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego talked with San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews in this audio link.

Mathews talked about his fumble at the goal line in San Diego’s exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

“The guy made a good play. He put his helmet right on the ball and it popped out,” Mathews said. “I’ve done what I’ve had to do to help myself in the long run of taking care of the ball. And like I said, it’s like another practice game in breaking off all of the rust.

“You go back and you watch film, and you see little cuts where last year I was making cuts and the ball wasn’t away from my body. And then coming into this preseason game where you’re making cuts and the ball is away from my body. So you see stuff like that, you start to prepare yourself for the games that really count, and all you have to do is fix it.”

Mathews also addressed how he’s dealing with playing in a contract year.

“The main goal is to do whatever I can to help the team and to just be able to produce when I’m out on the field,” Mathews said. “When I’m out on the field, if I’m touching the ball being able to put yards down when I’m running or catching it, or put up a good block.”

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Robert Mays of Grantland has a good read on former Saints Pro Bowl center LeCharles Bentley, who created a business in Arizona focused on training NFL linemen.