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RB Ryan Mathews - Philadelphia Eagles

6-0, 218Born: 5-1-1987College: Fresno StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 12

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2016 Week 16 vs NYG (18 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Coming off one of his best games of the season, Ryan Mathews had a chance to cement his status in Philadelphia for next season. He got off to a hot start with a rush of 17 yards. Unfortunately, Mathews herniated a disk in his neck and is done for the season. Mathews played the majority of the game but did not see a carry in the fourth quarter after he was stuffed on a 4th and 1 at the end of the third. It has been a largely disappointing season for Mathews and it looks as if it will be the Darren Sproles show for the rest of the season.

2016 Week 15 vs BAL (20 / 128 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

The Eagles finally showed a commitment to both the run game and Ryan Mathews today. With Daren Sproles sidelined due to a concussion suffered last week, Mathews was the clear lead back today. He eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark and even gave the Eagles a brief lead early in the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run right up the middle, and ensuing two-point conversion. This was only the second time all season he managed to break 100-yards but was also only the second time he received 20+ carries. Mathews has dealt with some injuries and sporadic playing time all year but should see a spike in his workload with more performances like this one. The big running back did most of his damage between the tackles today, but still did not play a big role in the passing game. Mathews has two tough games ahead with the Giants and Cowboys but has a chance to show that he was worth the investment.

2016 Week 14 vs WAS (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ryan Mathews came back after injury and lead the Eagles in rushing this week. The big back has yet to really establish himself this year after dealing with several injuries and inconsistent work distribution for the Eagles backfield. Mathews had a nice 21-yard rush off the left end to help set up a Philadelphia field goal attempt. The ball was later fumbled on the snap and no kick was attempted. This just speaks to the overall kind of day the Eagles had. Mathews was not targeted in the passing game today despite 46 attempts from Wentz. Mathews will face a very tough Ravens defense next week but needs to put up better numbers if he looks to factor into the Eagles long term plans.

2016 Week 11 vs SEA (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mathews came out of the gate as the lead running back and was finding some success against a tough Seattle run defense. Mathews ripped off a nice 18-yard gain around the left end early in the first quarter but had his day cut short due to injury. Early reports indicate the Mathews has a sprained MCL and will miss extended time. The injury further complicates an already murky running back situation.

2016 Week 10 vs ATL (19 / 109 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Mathews was finally used as the feature back, receiving 19 touches and racking up over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Mathews also converted a 2-point conversion taking the ball right up the middle after Atlanta was flagged for defensive holding on the first attempt. Mathews took the ball in from 4 and 5 yards out and had a 20-yard reception and 21-yard rush on the day to set up scores. After being used sparingly for the majority of the season, Mathews was finally utilized like a feature back and put up the numbers the Eagles expected when bringing him in.

2016 Week 9 vs NYG (5 / 15 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mathews did not get many touches again this week but was able to cap off a big play from Wentz to Bryce Treggs for a touchdown. With the Eagles trailing for the entire game and Sproles getting the number one back touches, Mathews was used sparingly. This continues the trend of recent weeks and looks to go on for the rest of the season. The lone highlight came on the 8-yard touchdown where he bounced it to the outside and went in untouched.

2016 Week 8 vs DAL (4 / 10 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Mathews was out-touched by Darren Sproles this week, and for good reason, as he was largely ineffective. He did vulture a touchdown away from Sproles on the one-yard line, but that was his only real contribution to the game. Mathews only touched the ball five times all game and continues his downward trend. He got the ball on the one-yard line because he is the bigger back and Sproles needed a breather after helping the Eagles get all the way down the field. Coming into the season Matthews was supposed to be the feature back but has yet to live up to that billing. Matthews looks to get back on track against a top 10 rush defense in New York but will struggle to find room against a team allowing only 3.6 yards per carry.

2016 Week 7 vs MIN (14 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)

Volume continues to be the key thing for Ryan Mathews as this was his fifth game in a row under 15 carries. Mathews was largely unproductive in this game on the ground as outside of a nice 20-yard carry he only averaged 2.7 yards per carry. The concern here is that Doug Pederson called Mathews out after the game for fumbling issues, so if these keep up, we may see a shift in carries or a change at the running back position. Mathews fumbled in a key four-minute scenario as he was trying to stay in bounds and fight for extra yardage.

2016 Week 6 vs WAS (9 / 60 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mathews was one of the lone Eagles who found success in Washington today, but he only rushed the ball 9 times for 60 yards today. The majority of the yards came on one big 22-yard rush, but it is interesting to note that he only touched the ball 9 times and did not have a single target in the passing game. This seems to be the story of the year for Mathews who had 22 carries in week one, but has only had 40 carries in the next five games averaging eight carries per game. It is going to be hard to trust this running game going forward as they just are not committed to the run as other teams are.

2016 Week 5 vs DET (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 33 / 1 rec)

Mathews was largely bottled up in the run game, only running the ball 11 times for 42 yards with a long of 10. He played a much bigger role in the passing game than usual, pulling in all 5 of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown. It is normally Darren Sproles getting the looks on passing downs, and nice to see Mathews expanding his role. The touchdown came on a 1-yard catch at the goal line, adding a new wrinkle into his expanding role. Look for Mathews to feast on the Redskins 31st ranked rush defense next week as they have allowed 8 rushing touchdowns in the early going this season.

2016 Week 3 vs PIT (2 / -5 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Mathews rushed two times for negative five yards and did not contribute very much on the field. He was out-touched by both Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood, and there are questions about whether or not he is injured as he has been limited with his ankle. Mathews is the lead back when healthy and is not in jeopardy of losing that role. Look for him to bounce back after the bye week as he will have time to get healthy.

2016 Week 2 vs CHI (9 / 32 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

In a 29-14 game, we would have liked to see Ryan Mathews have more of a role in this game especially after he had 22 carries last week. The Eagles favored Darren Sproles on trying to rush the ball outside the tackles. Neither Sproles nor Mathews were successful in this game as neither had over 3.6 yards per carry. This is now a trend for the Eagles as Mathews has struggled so far this season in terms of carrying for significant yards. What Mathews has done is shown that he is the goal line back as he was able to convert two of his nine carries for touchdowns inside the five yard-line.

2016 Week 1 vs CLE (22 / 77 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ryan Mathews was relatively disappointing in this game even though his overall stat line may not reflect it. Mathews really struggled to get anything going against a Browns defense that has had trouble stopping the run over the last few years and the preseason. Mathews long of the day was a seven-yard carry. The Browns were loading the box forcing the rookie Carson Wentz to beat them, and that's exactly what happened this week. One key thing to note is that Mathews did not have a target in this game as he was staying in to help protect Carson Wentz when they were passing. While pass catching is not a huge part of his game, he does average two receptions per game throughout his career.


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