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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 five times for 20 yards in the Eagles' Week 4 loss to the Redskins.
Mathews was on the field for the first play of the game, but worked behind DeMarco Murray most of the day. Mathews was more effective than Murray, though Murray's stat line looks better because of a 30-yard gain early in the first quarter. Though he may be a better fit for the offense, Mathews is not getting enough work to be a fantasy contributor on a week-to-week basis. Oct 4 - 5:40 PM

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The Philadelphia Inquirer speculates Eagles RB Ryan Mathews could have earned more carries with his performance Week 3.

Mathews jump-started the Eagles' rushing attack with 108 yards on 25 carries after getting just four carries the first two weeks. He was much more effective than DeMarco Murray, who has more carries than yards this season. Murray is the higher-paid back and should remain the starter when healthy, but Mathews has earned more work.
Sep 29 - 9:32 AM

Speaking Monday, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he had "no idea" if Ryan Mathews should lead the team's Week 4 backfield in carries.

Kelly said each of Mathews, DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles "fit in perfectly." Mathews jump-started the Eagles' moribund ground game Sunday, but wasn't exactly a revelation, averaging 4.32 yards per carry. Murray still has the stronger pedigree, not to mention bigger salary. Mathews has undoubtedly earned himself a bigger role after getting the ball only seven total times in Weeks 1 and 2, but Murray should lead the backfield whenever healthy, at least for the time being.
Sep 28 - 1:19 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed 25 times for 108 yards and caught two 2-of-4 targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' Week 3 win over the Jets.

Mathews worked off the bench behind Darren Sproles to open the game, and broke a 27-yard run on Philly's third play from scrimmage. Mathews scored his touchdown on a 23-yard wheel route in the second quarter. Although Mathews sparked the Eagles' running game on outside-zone runs, he lost a near-costly fourth-quarter fumble with just over seven minutes left and the Jets down by ten. Mathews got lucky when Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a tipped interception a few plays later. Showing confidence, the Eagles went right back to Mathews on their next offensive play. Heading to a Week 4 date against the Redskins, Mathews' fantasy start-ability will hinge entirely on Murray's status.
Sep 27 - 4:24 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed once for zero yards in Philadelphia's Week 2 loss to the Cowboys.

Mathews wasn't targeted in the passing game. The fact that Mathews had only two fewer rushing yards on 14 fewer carries than DeMarco Murray would seem to bode well for a bigger workload going forward, but Murray's struggles were the result of the Eagles' offensive line more than anything else. Even as Murray got stoned time and again, coach Chip Kelly passed on giving Mathews an opportunity between the tackles. Mathews should usually see somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-8 weekly touches, but even with Murray off to a horrid statistical start, Mathews remains a distant No. 2 on the depth chart on early downs.
Sep 20 - 8:30 PM

Ryan Mathews rushed for four yards and one touchdown on three carries in the Eagles' Week 1 loss to the Falcons.

He also caught 3-of-4 targets for 24 yards with the lone incompletion being a bad drop by Mathews. Mathews played behind both DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles in the Eagles' backfield, but looks poised to handle 5-8 looks per week with so many touches to go around. His touchdowns came from one yard out after Jordan Matthews got the offense to the goal line on a catch-and-run that looked like it was actually a touchdown. Mathews is an RB3, but one that needs to be owned as DeMarco Murray's handcuff. He won't be a consistent fantasy option.
Sep 14 - 10:56 PM

Ryan Mathews had seven carries for 22 yards in the Eagles' third preseason game, adding two catches for 12 yards.

Mathews saw time with the first team, playing change-up to DeMarco Murray. He should open the season in a complementary role, but won't be more than a boom/bust FLEX option. Through three preseason games, Mathews has 12 carries for 59 yards (4.9 YPC) and a touchdown.
Aug 29 - 9:53 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Mark Sanchez
3Thad Lewis
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3Darren Sproles
4Kenjon Barner
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Darren Sproles
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Josh Huff
3Miles Austin
WR21Nelson Agholor
2Riley Cooper
3Seyi Ajirotutu
WR31Riley Cooper
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3Trey Burton
LT1Jason Peters
LG1Allen Barbre
2Josh Andrews
C1Jason Kelce
2Julian Vandervelde
RG1Matt Tobin
RT1Lane Johnson
2Dennis Kelly
K1Caleb Sturgis