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Mathews focal point of Chargers' rookie camp

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ryan Mathews is having a busy first day on the job.

The running back, selected 12th overall by the San Diego Chargers in the NFL draft, is the focal point of the team's rookie orientation, which started Friday and includes four sessions through Saturday afternoon.

Mathews was already the workhorse the Chargers expect him to be during the regular season, their first without LaDainian Tomlinson since 2000. He took a lot of reps during his first official practice as a Charger, and admits that everything didn't come easy.

The former Fresno State star was the center of attention for the coaching staff, general manager A.J. Smith and a group of veteran offensive linemen watching intently from the sideline.

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