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Ryan Mathews | Running Back

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Fresno State
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Ryan Mathews rushed three times for 19 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens.
DeMarco Murray got the start, but it was Mathews who capped the Eagles' opening drive with a 14-yard score. Murray out-touched Mathews 6-3 before both players came out following Philly's second series. Mathews is ticketed for a real role in the Eagles' offense, but he'll be a boom-or-bust FLEX option to begin the year. He has five carries for 37 yards through two exhibition tilts. Aug 22 - 9:51 PM

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he plans to use "more than one guy" to run the football this year.

"I don’t think you can have a guy carry it 370 to 400 times per season and be successful," Kelly said. "I wanted to have two running backs, and that’s why we got Ryan [Mathews]." This quote could be seen as a blow to DeMarco Murray's fantasy value, but the reality is he was never going to see 449 touches again this season. Considering the Eagles have finished fourth and seventh in rushing attempts in Chip Kelly's first two years in the league, there should be plenty of reps for both Murray and Mathews to return value at their current draft slots.
Aug 17 - 8:59 AM

The Philly Inquirer makes an "early guess" that the Eagles could use a 50-30-15 split between DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles.

The remaining five percent would presumably be quarterback runs and wide receiver end-arounds. Mathews has reportedly impressed in early practices, and the Philly Inquirer passes along a "school of thought" that he may even be a better fit for Chip Kelly's running scheme than Murray. Murray is going to be the Eagles' lead back, but Mathews should offer RB3/flex standalone value.
Aug 6 - 10:21 PM

LeSean McCoy gave his take on how the Eagles will divvy up the backfield reps this season.

"Chip (Kelly) doesn't value the running backs in a certain way," McCoy said back in April. "DeMarco's going to do all the running. Sproles is going to do all the routes. Mathews is just in case of emergency because Murray gets hurt a lot. That's how it's going to go." Shady isn't the sharpest tool in the shed, but he does have intimate knowledge of how the Eagles coaches think. We suspect 270-290 carries for Murray and 80-100 for Mathews is a fair projection.

Ryan Mathews is getting reps as a kick returner during minicamp.

Mathews only projects for 100-130 carries assuming DeMarco Murray stays healthy this year. So getting the ball in his hands via kickoffs is a way to utilize a very talented player. Mathews has unique speed and burst for a running back that plays at 230 pounds.
Jun 18 - 9:25 AM

According to the Delaware County Times, the Eagles plan to "divide" carries between DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews this season.

The Philadelphia Inquirer previously predicted Mathews would finish in the "mid-100s" in terms of carries. "They’re two really fine players," OC Pat Shurmur said Wednesday. "They’re two guys that have been starters in places that they’ve been and they’re going to come here and kind of share the role." Although Murray is entrenched as the lead back, Mathews could flirt with flex value this season as the 1B to DeMarco's 1A. If something happens to Murray, Mathews would become an instant every-week fantasy RB1.
Jun 3 - 10:22 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer expects Ryan Mathews' carry count to be in the mid-100s this season.

It feels like a bit of a high projection if everyone stays healthy. The Eagles have averaged 407.5 running back carries per season in two years under Chip Kelly. DeMarco Murray's workload will be scaled back off his absurd 392 carries with Dallas last year, but he's still a great bet for 270-290. Darren Sproles will mix in for 40-50. That leaves around 80-100 carries for Mathews, giving him handcuff value only.

The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Eagles went through with the Ryan Mathews signing because they didn't want to renege on a handshake deal.

The Mathews signing at three years, $11M with $5M guaranteed was a bit confusing after the Eagles had already landed DeMarco Murray on a $40M deal with $18M guaranteed. Publicly, the narrative is that Chip Kelly sold them on the idea of a three-headed rushing attack that also includes Darren Sproles. But the theory here is that the Eagles didn't want to pull a Frank Gore, backing out of a deal that was already in place.
Mar 24 - 9:45 AM

Eagles signed RB Ryan Mathews, formerly of the Chargers, to a three-year, $11.5 million contract.

Despite a pricey investment into DeMarco Murray, the Eagles kept Mathews at their facility and convinced him to stay, likely as the 1b to Murray's 1a. We don't see either addition affecting Darren Sproles; Sproles is a specialized role player who can't be replaced by Murray or Mathews. The Eagles are very likely planning to become a smashmouth power-based team whose foundation is the running game. Mathews has been brittle throughout his career, but is among the most naturally gifted inside runners in football. In Chip Kelly's high-volume, up-tempo offense, we wouldn't be surprised if Mathews carved out sporadic low-end RB2/flex fantasy value behind locked-in RB1 Murray. 32-year-old Sproles' usage shouldn't change much after a 97-touch season.
Mar 12 - 4:43 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports free agent Ryan Mathews' 2015 whereabouts are a "fluid" situation.

DeMarco Murray-to-Philadelphia is apparently a done deal. Mathews is waiting for Murray to sign on the dotted line, and may back out of his verbal agreement with the Eagles at that point. The Chargers were known to be interested in retaining Mathews before his wink-nod deal with the Eagles. San Diego just wasn't willing to match Philadelphia's three-year, $11.5 million offer.
Mar 12 - 1:34 PM

Updating a previous report, free agent RB Ryan Mathews has not signed his contract with the Eagles.

With the Eagles now courting DeMarco Murray, Mathews may back out on his $11.5 million deal. Murray would dominate carries in Philadelphia, making Mathews a backup with a very limited role. He's certainly aiming to land somewhere he can at least be part of a two-man timeshare. That wouldn't be Philly.
Mar 12 - 9:21 AM

Eagles agreed to terms with RB Ryan Mathews on a three-year, $11.5 million contract with $5 million guaranteed.

Your 2015 Eagles feature back (assuming they don't sign DeMarco Murray). In his pursuit of an inside-zone power runner, Chip Kelly set his sights on Mathews after whiffing on Mark Ingram and Frank Gore. Although brittle his entire football career, 27-year-old Mathews has averaged 4.40 YPC through five seasons and has the ability to wear down a defense. Like Mathews did in San Diego, he figures to focus on early-down ball carrying with Philadelphia, while Darren Sproles enters in most passing sets. Mathews carries obvious health risks, but will offer mid-range RB1 fantasy upside in the Eagles' high-volume, up-tempo rushing attack.
Mar 11 - 2:00 PM

The Eagles are expected to sign free agent RB Ryan Mathews, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

Well that came together quickly. Initially, Garafolo reported that Mathews was only coming in for a visit. Apparently talks between the two sides were further along than he had anticipated. The Eagles flirted briefly with DeMarco Murray on Tuesday but they were never going to beat Jacksonville or Oakland in a bidding war. Mathews flashed talent during his up and down stay with San Diego, but his durability is a huge question mark. He's only played all 16 games once in five seasons. He'll be the featured back in Philadelphia with Darren Sproles seeing most of his work on passing downs.
Mar 11 - 8:24 AM

A source tells the Union-Tribune there is "nothing happening right now" between the Chargers and free agent RB Ryan Mathews.

There was some communication between the two sides Monday, but Mathews will likely see what's out there this week. It's the right move as the running back market starts to correct itself as seen in the LeSean McCoy and Mark Ingram deals. Mathews is our No. 3 free agent RB available, behind only DeMarco Murray and C.J. Spiller.
Mar 9 - 9:24 PM

XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki reports the Cardinals are in the market for a "big" running back.

We chose to do this blurb under Ryan Mathews because he qualifies as a "big back" at 6'0/220 and hasn't been the topic of many rumors thus far this offseason. The free-agent market starts with DeMarco Murray, whom the Cardinals have been linked to, and is followed up by Mark Ingram and Mathews. The latter two make the most sense for Arizona. They'd be able to handle early-down and goal-line duties, allowing Andre Ellington to remain in a third-down pass-game role.
Mar 4 - 10:20 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
4Tim Tebow
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3Darren Sproles
4Kenjon Barner
5Raheem Mostert
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Darren Sproles
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
3Miles Austin
4Seyi Ajirotutu
5G.J. Kinne
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Riley Cooper
3Jeff Maehl
4Rasheed Bailey
5Josh Reese
WR31Riley Cooper
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3Trey Burton
4Eric Tomlinson
5Andrew Gleichert
K1Cody Parkey