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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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Eagles coach Doug Pederson said the team will continue to use a backfield rotation even when Ryan Mathews (ankle) is healthy.
Pederson confirmed Mathews' is dealing with some stiffness and swelling in the ankle he injured prior to training camp. He should be able to recover over the team's Week 4 bye, but he is looking at a timeshare with at least Darren Sproles and likely rookie Wendell Smallwood as well. Mathews is shaping up as a touchdown-dependant FLEX play at best. Sep 26 - 12:09 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Ryan Mathews' ankle "stiffened" Week 3 against the Steelers.

It explains why he played just eight snaps in the blowout win. Mathews has been dealing with an ankle injury since training camp, but he has not been on the injury report. He will get the bye week to heal up before facing the Lions in Week 5.
Sep 26 - 10:57 AM

Ryan Mathews played just 8-of-65 snaps Week 3 against the Steelers.

That was less than Darren Sproles (24), Wendell Smallwood (24), and Kenjon Barner (12). Mathews has not been listed on the injury report, but he was clearly well below 100 percent. He will try to heal up over the bye week.
Sep 26 - 9:48 AM

Ryan Mathews lost five yards on two rushes Sunday in the Eagles' Week 3 win over the Steelers.

Mathews didn’t play a snap after the first quarter as his backfield mates took turns embarrassing Pittsburgh in a lopsided victory. The Eagles haven’t explained his absence, though we’re guessing it’s related to an ankle issue he’s been dealing with since training camp. Mathews has averaged just 3.15 yards per carry this year, though he's managed to stay relevant in fantasy with a trio of goal-line touchdowns. He has the bye week to heal up before the Eagles head to Detroit in Week 5.
Sep 25 - 8:22 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed nine times for 32 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles' 29-14, Week 2 win over the Bears on Monday night.

The yardage and touch total wasn't there for Mathews, and he only carried the ball two times for five yards in the first half. (Darren Sproles handled five carries for 13 yards before the break.) But Mathews converted two carries at the goal line for three- and one-yard touchdowns. On his three-yard score, Mathews was stuffed at the one, but bounced off the tackle to the outside and into the end zone. His one-yarder was a walk-in score on a sweep to the left. The Eagles' infatuation with Sproles as a ball carrier is frustrating for Mathews owners, but he has three touchdowns through two games. Things won't be as easy next week at home against the Steelers.
Sep 19 - 11:34 PM

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he plans to feed Ryan Mathews the ball.

"It aids in everything you do offensively," Pederson said. "To keep feeding a guy like Ryan, he's so powerful and punishing that it's going to take a toll defensively." Despite a low per-carry average, the Eagles gave Mathews 22 carries Week 1 against the Browns. It is fair to question how long the injury-prone Mathews can stand up to that kind of workload, but he will see plenty of work as long as he is healthy. He is a solid RB2 this week against the Bears.
Sep 15 - 12:36 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed 22 times for 77 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles' Week 1 win over the Browns.

Mathews received 11 carries in each half and finally found the end zone late in the fourth quarter to put the Eagles up 28-10. He failed numerous times on carries inside the 10-yard line, but was eventually able to capitalize from one yard out on third-and-goal. Mathews should be a good bet for 18-22 carries per week with the Eagles trying to make things easier for rookie Carson Wentz. Mathews will be a high-end RB2 option next Monday night at the Bears.
Sep 11 - 5:15 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed for 31 yards on three carries in the Eagles' third preseason game.

As expected, he was the first-team early-down back with Darren Sproles primarily playing on third downs. Talent has never been an obstacle for Mathews in his career. If he stays healthy, he will crush his sixth-round ADP.
Aug 27 - 9:30 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Wentz
2Chase Daniel
RB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3Kenjon Barner
4Wendell Smallwood
GLB1Ryan Mathews
2Darren Sproles
3RB1Darren Sproles
2Ryan Mathews
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Dorial Green-Beckham
3Bryce Treggs
WR31Josh Huff
TE1Zach Ertz
2Brent Celek
3Trey Burton
LT1Jason Peters
2Halapoulivaati Vaitai
LG1Allen Barbre
2Isaac Seumalo
3Josh Andrews
C1Jason Kelce
2Stefen Wisniewski
RG1Brandon Brooks
2Dillon Gordon
RT1Lane Johnson
2Matt Tobin
K1Caleb Sturgis