Remember when Mike Tolbert was outperforming LaDainian Tomlinson? He was doing the same to Ryan Matthews as well until injuries slowed the 250 pound hybrid running back. The San Diego front office and connected coaching staff was already on thin ice and pushed Matthews into the feature back role.
Matthews is still trying to discover that “it” factor in San Diego, meanwhile Mike Tolbert signed with the Carolina Panthers. In 2012 Tolbert scored 7 rushing touchdowns on 54 carries. He had just over 400 total yards to go along with the touchdowns. In 2013, the prospects point upwards to improve upon those numbers. New offensive coordinator, Mike Shula, wants to emphasize the ground game this year and de-emphasize Cam Newton as a runner out of the pocket (Newton led the Panthers in rushing). Also the 2012 opening day starting running back, Jonathan Stewart, is struggling with a bad foot. He will be out for at least 5 games to start the season. With Deangelo Williams named the starter, Mike Tolbert will be the designated goal line closer. He should also get more work between the twenties. Great late round find. Perfect for touchdown only formats. 3 stars out of 5 for RB3 production territory.