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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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Eagles RB Ryan Mathews suffered a concussion in Week 10.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 23): Mathews (concussion) did not practice Monday - he wasn't even on the field to watch.

General News (Wed Nov 25): is out for this week's game.

General News (Tue Nov 24): is still in the concussion protocol Tuesday, Nov. 24, and remains out of practice.

Week 12: at Detroit Lions

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. DeMarco Murray could only watch in dismay as the Eagles defense allowed 283 yards rushing to the Buccaneers (and also gave up five passing TDs to Jameis Winston). 13/64/0 rushing with 4/27/0 receiving was actually a respectable effort on Murray's part, given the dire circumstances of a 17-45 loss. Darren Sproles actually scored last weekend (6/21/0 rushing with 3/38/1 receiving) while Kenjon Barner played out the waning moments of the defeat to protect Murray and Sproles (7/37/0 rushing for Barner). Ryan Mathews hasn't practiced by midweek this week (post-concussion issues) so we may get another look at Murray in the featured role for Philadelphia this week. Fortunately for Murray owners, this week the horrid, putrid, no-good Detroit rush D is on the docket. This unit averages 116.7 yards allowed per game (24th in the NFL) and has coughed up a league-worst 15 rushing TDs through ten games. Detroit is 19th in the NFL over the past four weeks (three games) averaging 15.9 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, in the middle of the league range for that time period. Last week, Oakland's Latavius Murray and company could only muster 21/50/1 rushing, but the entire Oakland offense fell down and went boom last week (and not 'boom' in a good way). This looks like a good matchup for Murray even if Mark Sanchez is back under center on Thanksgiving.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at DAL 22 11 67 1 1 0 0 0 0 12.7
10 vs MIA 20 8 18 1 3 2 22 0 0 10
12 at DET PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
12 at DET PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs MIA (8 / 18 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Late in the third quarter, Ryan Mathews was pulled from the game with an apparent concussion and wouldn't return. His day was saved by a first quarter one-yard touchdown run, but was otherwise uneventful. The Eagles running attack was held in check for most of the afternoon.

2015 Week 9 vs DAL (11 / 67 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ryan Mathews played the fewest snaps of all running backs on Sunday night but, once again, looked like he might be the best of the bunch. His first three carries netted him only two yards, but deep in the second quarter he took advantage of a heavy offensive line formation on a cut-and-run counter to the left that went for 21 yards. A few plays later, he showed off his agility with a 12-yard sweep around the corner. He wouldn't see another carry until midway through the third quarter - a left sweep where he, once again, displayed an impressive mix of balance and speed on his way to six yard touchdown. It's worth wondering what kind of season he would have if not for DeMarco Murray being signed (note that Mathews was here first). In a limited role, he looked like the better of the two backs Sunday night. Removing the four yard loss early in the game that came on a bad snap, seven of his 10 carries went for at least four yards. He wasn't a factor in the passing game, seeing just one target which he dropped, but looks fully capable of being a lead back for any team.

2015 Week 7 vs CAR (6 / 97 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

Responsible for the only touchdown of the day for the Eagles, Ryan Mathews is making a case to be the starter. Granted, a big chunk of his stat line came on one big play, but it was a heck of play whereby he started right then cut straight ahead, blasted out of the backfield and weaved his way to a 63-yard score. Even if you remove that play he still averaged 6.3 yards per carry and chipped in as a pass-catcher with a 20-yard catch in the first quarter. Everything about his game meshes perfectly with what Chip Kelly asks of his offensive players: speed, agility and strength. All he needs is more opportunities.

2015 Week 6 vs NYG (9 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

With DeMarco Murray doing the bulk of the heavy lifting, Ryan Mathews only logged 10 touches. But he looked powerful and decisive in limited attempts and averaged 4.4 yards per carry while spelling Murray. This offense is setup to feature a pair of running backs; Mathews fits more of a lead/early game back and Murray looks better suited to close things out. Both players should see plenty of work going forward as Bradford is asked to do less.

2015 Week 5 vs NO (8 / 73 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Ryan Mathews saw his first action during the Eagles third offensive series. He immediately looked just as good as Murray by pounding his way to large gains. After his first two carries netted 23 yards, Mathews caught a short pass up the sideline, broke a pair a tackles and spun his way to 13-yard gain. His combination of power and speed is why Murray's job will never be secure, and part of why Mathews ranks fourth in yards after contact per attempt. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry in this contest, which isn't a sustainable number, but indicates that the offensive line is finally making things happen, and Mathews is qualified to be a lead back for any team in the league. He'll continue to produce for the Eagles, even if he doesn't get the bulk of the workload. Only Murray has seen more red zone looks (15) than Mathew's seven (they have three touchdowns apiece).

2015 Week 4 vs WAS (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The most notable point of interest regarding Ryan Mathews' Sunday was how he barely saw the field. Even after stepping up and putting together a great performance last week in the absence of Murray, Mathews was used sparingly. This had a lot to do with the Eagles playing from behind the entire game and the ground attack stymied by the defense. From a yards-per-carry standpoint, he was the most effective. But that effectiveness won't translate to future success if the offense doesn't provide opportunities.

2015 Week 3 vs NYJ (25 / 108 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)

Ryan Mathews was the star of the show. Spelling an injured DeMarco Murray, who was labeled inactive before kickoff, Mathews made a case for a bigger workload going forward. He displayed an impressive combination of decisiveness and power, battling for positive gains and creating yards when his blockers failed. He averaged 6.7 yards per carry in the first half and was the focal point of a short-field offense. After bobbling a few passes that could have gone for big plays, he redeemed himself with a beautiful wheel route for a score that put the Eagles up 24-0 going into halftime. One the dust settled, Mathews was asked to close out the game as the Eagles went into clock control mode. He finished with the most carries he has had since Week 14 of the 2013 season, and averaged 4.3 yards per tote in the process. Should Murray miss more time, or even if he doesn't, Mathews wont' be forgotten in this offense and has all kinds of flex appeal.

2015 Week 1 vs ATL (3 / 4 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

What the box score doesn't say about Ryan Mathews is how penalties got in the way of his evening. He was the focus of a few big screen passes that ended up being called back thanks to holding by one of his teammates. The box score also doesn't describe how he invites defenders to hit him, and then pushes them back, just as he did on his one touchdown run of the night. He did have a key drop in the first half that could have resulted in a long play - maybe even a score. But he recovered and made the most of the snaps he was limited to.


Latest News

Eagles | Ryan Mathews among Eagles' inactives (Thu Nov 26, 11:10 AM) - The Philadelphia Eagles have declared DL Brandon Bair, CB Denzel Rice, WR Jonathan Krause, RB Ryan Mathews, QB Sam Bradford, OT Tanner Hawkinson, TE Zach Ertz inactive for Week 12.

Eagles | Ryan Mathews out Thursday (Wed Nov 25, 12:47 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) is officially out for Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Mathews is still in the concussion protocol. Without him on the field, we'll see more from DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles. We like Murray as a RB1 this week, and Sproles is well worth a flex play in PPR leagues.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews out Tuesday (Tue Nov 24, 10:46 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) is still in the concussion protocol Tuesday, Nov. 24, and remains out of practice.

Our View: With a game coming up on Thursday, things don't look good for Mathews. He missed the game on Sunday with this concussion, and the fact that he's not cleared yet means we might see him shut down again on Thanksgiving. Without Mathews, DeMarco Murray would see a larger workload and the team could use more of Darren Sproles as well.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews out of practice (Mon Nov 23, 11:37 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (concussion) is in the concussion protocol and out of practice Monday, Nov. 23.

Our View: He'll need to be cleared before he can return to action. The Eagles play on Thanksgiving against the Lions.
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Eagles | Philly's Week 11 inactives (Sun Nov 22, 11:47 AM) - The Philadelphia Eagles have declared DL Brandon Bair, CB Denzel Rice, LB Emmanuel Acho, OG Josh Andrews, RB Ryan Mathews, QB Sam Bradford, OT Tanner Hawkinson inactive for Week 11.

Our View: Darren Sproles becomes a PPR flex play with Mathews out. Thaddeus Lewis will back up Mark Sanchez with Bradford out.

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