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Ryan Mathews | Running Back | #24

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (12) / SD
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Ryan Mathews (ankle) returned to practice Friday.
Mathews injured his ankle while training away from the team this summer and opened training camp on the active/NFI list. He ended up missing the first nine days of practice. Darren Sproles remained with the first-team offense on Friday, but Mathews should also get starter's reps in short order. Mathews remains the favorite to lead the Eagles in carries this season. Aug 5 - 9:03 AM

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Ryan Mathews (ankle) remained sidelined Monday.

The brittle back somehow suffered the injury a week before camp, and has now missed every practice as he heals on the active/NFI list. You would like to imagine Mathews will be back before the end of the week, but nothing can be taken for granted considering his history. The longer Mathews is sidelined, the bigger the opening becomes for Wendell Smallwood to impress the coaching staff.
Aug 1 - 1:34 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson expects Ryan Mathews (ankle, active/NFI) to resume practicing next week.

Per the Philly Inquirer, Mathews injured the ankle while training last week, and it is "not considered serious." It sounds like a day-to-day ordeal, but still can serve as a reminder of Mathews' brittle history. In the meantime, newly-extended Darren Sproles has been working with the first-team offense.
Jul 29 - 11:20 AM

Eagles placed RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) on the active/NFI list.

Mathews suffered the ankle injury last week. There's been no reason to believe it's anything serious, but it's another reminder just how fragile Mathews has been throughout his career. Rookie Wendell Smallwood is a strong late-round flier.
Jul 27 - 3:47 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes Ryan Mathews is "not a great fit" for new coach Doug Pederson's offense.

Kempski wrote that Pederson "wants to be able to move his backs around to create mismatches ... in the passing game," and "that is not at all a strength of Mathews," who is functional in the passing game but more of a traditional I-formation back. After the Eagles put both DeMarco Murray and Mathews on the trade block this offseason, Kempski believes Mathews is the Eagles' No. 1 back only by default. Most Eagles writers anticipate a running back by committee approach. Kempski says to not rule out the team adding a veteran back in camp.
Jul 20 - 12:10 PM

CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro described the Eagles' backfield as a running-back-by-committee.

Ryan Mathews has seen most of the first-team reps, but it sounds like the Eagles are leaning toward a shared backfield with Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner all getting carries. "Ryan, he can handle all the stuff and the pounding," said coach Doug Pederson. "But with the guys we have ... Darren is obviously a big part of that and now with Wendell coming on, I think it could be a little bit of a running back by committee." While splitting up backfield duties might help Mathews stay healthy, it won't improve his fantasy value. Mathews is on the lower end of the RB2 spectrum.
Source: CSN Philly
Jun 12 - 10:00 AM

Philly Mag's Josh Paunil would be "shocked" if Ryan Mathews is not the Eagles' starter when healthy.

The when healthy part is an important caveat when it comes to Mathews, but it is fairly clear he will be the lead guy when on the field. Despite a slow pace, the Chiefs consistently finished in the top half of the league in rushing attempts while Pederson was the offensive coordinator. If Mathews can stay healthy, he has underrated upside.
Jun 7 - 8:31 AM

Ryan Mathews (groin) returned to practice on Tuesday.

Mathews sat out the first couple weeks of OTAs with a groin issue. Even if he is limited this week, he should be a full-go for mandatory minicamps. With DeMarco Murray in Tennessee, Mathews is the clear favorite to be the lead back in Philadelphia.
May 31 - 11:28 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the 49ers and Cowboys are interested in trading for Ryan Mathews if the Eagles make him available.

Mathews will likely only become available if the Eagles nab Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 8 overall pick. However, according to Pauline, the Eagles would be unlikely to trade Mathews to a division rival (Cowboys) or the team led by its former coach in Chip Kelly (49ers). Mathews is currently penciled in as the Eagles' starting running back, but he's not the three-down workhorse back new coach Doug Pederson seems to prefer in his backfield.
Apr 15 - 12:08 PM

Eagles EVP of football operations Howie Roseman said the team wanted to "get value" for one of their running backs this offseason.

The Eagles may not have gotten value for DeMarco Murray, but they did shed his salary by shipping him off to Tennessee. Ryan Mathews was also reportedly on the block before the Murray deal, but Roseman's comments suggest his position on the roster is now safe. Mathews is atop the depth chart right now, but the Eagles should add a back in the draft.
Mar 21 - 11:06 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ryan Mathews "is available for the right price."

The Eagles are willing to deal both of their early-down backs, shopping DeMarco Murray and Mathews, the latter of whom was by far a superior 2015 runner to Murray. Always long on talent but short on durability, Mathews averaged over five yards per carry last year while Murray managed 3.64 YPC. Mathews missed three games, however, and has missed 13 games over the last two seasons.
Mar 7 - 2:51 PM

Ryan Mathews recently underwent groin surgery.

Mathews was listed on the Eagles' injury reports with a "groin" beginning in Week 6 and played through it the rest of the way. Philly's best runner in 2015, Mathews severely outplayed DeMarco Murray en route to a 5.08 YPC average and seven all-purpose touchdowns. Mathews is owed a manageable $3 million in 2016 and should return to compete for the Eagles' starting tailback job.
Jan 10 - 8:29 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed four times for 11 yards in the Eagles' Week 17 win over the Giants.

He also caught 1-of-2 targets for seven yards. Mathews' carries were scaled back the final two weeks of the season, seeing just eight total and amassing 16 yards on them. In total, Mathews rushed 106 times for 539 yards and six scores in his first season with the Eagles. He was probably the Eagles' best runner this season, but the next coach will have to decide how to use Mathews and DeMarco Murray if both are kept on the team. Mathews is due $3 million in 2016. Cutting him would save the Eagles $3 million against the cap. All $7 million of Murray's salary is guaranteed.
Jan 3 - 6:54 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed four times for five yards and a touchdown and caught 2-of-3 targets for 13 yards in the Eagles' Week 16 loss to Washington.

The Eagles opened Saturday night's game with an efficient downfield march before Mathews capped the opening drive on a one-yard touchdown plunge. Otherwise, it was another tough-to-watch night for the Eagles' offense in a game Philadelphia used a near-even four-way timeshare of Mathews, DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles, and Kenjon Barner. The Eagles will close out their season against the Giants in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 12:22:00 AM

Ryan Mathews rushed 11 times for 58 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for three yards in the Eagles' Week 15 loss to the Cardinals.

Mathews started for the second week, but failed to make an impact. He was stopped short on fourth-and-1 in the first half, and lost a third-quarter fumble. Mathews is still the best fit for a Chip Kelly run scheme that really only features two plays. He'll be an RB3/FLEX for Week 16.
Mon, Dec 21, 2015 12:14:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Chase Daniel
3Carson Wentz
4McLeod Bethel-Thompson
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3Kenjon Barner
4Wendell Smallwood
5Byron Marshall
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3RB1Darren Sproles
2Ryan Mathews
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
3Rueben Randle
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Chris Givens
3Dorial Green-Beckham
4Paul Turner
5Cayleb Jones
WR31Chris Givens
TE1Zach Ertz
2Brent Celek
3Trey Burton
4Chris Pantale
5M.J. McFarland
LT1Jason Peters
2Halapoulivaati Vaitai
LG1Isaac Seumalo
2Josh Andrews
C1Jason Kelce
2Stefen Wisniewski
3Barrett Jones
RG1Brandon Brooks
2Andrew Gardner
3Darrell Greene
RT1Allen Barbre
2Matt Tobin
3Lane Johnson
K1Cody Parkey
2Caleb Sturgis