Mike McCoy backs Philip Rivers, Ryan Mathews

McCoy shows support for veterans: When Mike McCoy took over the San Diego Chargers, two questions loomed: Could he fix Philip Rivers and what would the future hold for Ryan Mathews? For the time being, it looks like both will be given every chance to succeed. While visiting our Culver City offices Monday, McCoy told “NFL Total Access” that for Rivers to return to form, the Chargers offense needed him to get “back to basics“. As for Mathews, the Chargers head coach told NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal that he expects the running back “to have a great year and be the guy.” Right now, we’re more optimistic about Rivers than Mathews. McCoy has a track record of success with quarterbacks, ranging from Jake Delhomme to Kyle Orton. Plus it’s easier to imagine a once-productive player returning to past glory than it is to envision a player who’s been a perennial disappointment suddenly blossoming this far into his career.

Ivory as BeastMode-Lite?: In their continuing search for a functional offense, the Jets added Chris Ivory in a draft-day trade and it seems they are quite excited about his prospects. According to reports, the coaching staff considers Ivory to be a “poor man’s Marshawn Lynch“. Similar to Lynch, Ivory is a big back with a bruising running style. Unlike Lynch, Ivory has yet to prove he can do it over the course of a full season. During his three seasons in New Orleans, Ivory averaged fewer than 11 carries per game while stuck in a crowded backfield. Yes, his career 5.1 yards per attempt average looks good, but the small sample size should be worrisome. There is plenty of upside for the man who is ticketed to be the primary back in New York’s offense, but fantasy owners might want to consider Ivory as a No. 2 option for now.

Jaguars won’t push MJD: The Jacksonville Jaguars fully expect Maurice Jones-Drew to be ready to go when training camp begins. However, after spending the offseason recovering from foot surgery, the team isn’t going to push their playmaker until it’s certain he’s completely ready. With 2012 being such a huge disappointment, fantasy owners are understandably cautious about entrusting their seasons to Jones-Drew. Keep a close eye on him as training camps progress.

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