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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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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. Jun 12 - 10:00 AM
Source: CSN Philly

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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

Ryan Mathews rushed 13 times for 38 yards and caught both of his targets for four yards Week 14 against the Bills.

Mathews got the start but shared snaps fairly evenly with DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles. Sproles got the touchdown after getting the team down the one-yard line on the first drive, and Murray was the back in the "four-minute" offense as the Eagles attempted to close out the game. It appears this backfield will be a value-sapping committee as long as everyone is healthy. Mathews will be just an RB3/FLEX play against a stout Cardinals' front next Sunday night.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:55:00 PM

Ryan Mathews (concussion/groin) is probable for Week 14 against the Bills.

Mathews wound up missing three games with a concussion. The pecking order in Philadelphia's crowded backfield has never been more uncertain as Chip Kelly recently announced the Eagles will approach their stable of running backs on a "week to week" basis. Mathews has been among the most efficient runners in football this year and has scored more touchdowns than DeMarco Murray despite logging 89 fewer carries. All of Philadelphia's running backs will be risky fantasy plays against Buffalo.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 02:21:00 PM

Ryan Mathews (concussion) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

Mathews is ready to return from his three-game absence. With DeMarco Murray pouting following last Sunday's demotion, it's quite possible Mathews leads the Eagles' backfield in carries against the Bills. We'd put him on the RB2/3 borderline. Mathews has been more effective than Murray all year, while Murray couldn't have endeared himself to coach Chip Kelly by complaining about his role to owner Jeffrey Lurie. With the Eagles' season on the line, Kelly is going to go with his best players, and there's reason to believe he thinks it's Mathews.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 03:13:00 PM

Ryan Mathews (concussion) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Mathews is expected to return this week, but this might be a sign he's yet to be fully cleared from his concussion. It's something to monitor Thursday.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 02:34:00 PM

Ryan Mathews (concussion) expects to play against the Bills.

Mathews said he was full go in Tuesday's practice, and is ready to return from his three-game absence. Mathews' return coincides with coach Chip Kelly declaring his backfield a week-to-week proposition. With the Eagles no longer tolerating DeMarco Murray's struggles, Mathews could easily lead the backfield in carries this weekend. He should be 100 percent owned in 12-team leagues.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 02:25:00 PM