RB Ryan Mathews - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-0, 218||Born: 5-1-1987||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 12|
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Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs NYG (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Ryan Mathews was barely used in this contest, despite getting the first crack at carries. His best play of the day a catch and run in which he bullied a few defenders on his way to a solid gain - was erased by an offensive tripping penalty called on the right tackle. Seven of his 11 rushing yards came on one run. He had the fourth fewest touches among Eagles' running backs on the day.
2015 Week 16 vs WAS (4 / 5 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Ryan Mathews handled the ball just six times but accounted for six points. He plunged into the end zone on the Eagles opening series for one-yard score after a defensive pass interference put the Eagles on the goal line. His only other highlight was a catch-and-run for 11 yards on a check-down. He didn't see a single touch once the game was out of reach.
2015 Week 14 vs BUF (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 4 / 0 rec)
Active for his first game since Week 10, and with some uncertainty regarding DeMarco Murray's workload, Ryan Mathews chipped in 15 total touche - more than any other Eagles' running back. Unfortunately, those touches were met with poor run-blocking, and he wasn't used in any goal line packages, which were a rarity for the Eagles in this game. He ended up playing fewer snaps than both Murray and Sproles on his way to unspectacular box score.
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.
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