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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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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 26): Mathews had an ankle heavily taped for the third game, only appeared briefly and then was sidelined for the rest of the contest (with -5 yards rushing to his credit). He'll be evaluated further on Monday. Mathews (ankle) will remain the starter, but head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday that the team will continue to rotate backs even when Mathews is healthy.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 26): Mathews' ankle stiffened up on him, and he was a non-factor in what was a perfect run game script against the Steelers. The Eagles are likely to employ a four-way committee at running back going forward, making Mathews an unreliable player despite the surprising quality of their offense.

General News (Tue Sep 27): will remain the starter, but head coach Doug Pederson said the team will continue to rotate backs even when Mathews is healthy.

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs CLE 37 22 77 1 0 0 0 0 0 13.7
2 at CHI 21 9 32 2 1 1 3 0 0 15.5
3 vs PIT 8 2 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.5

Recent Game Summaries

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.


Latest News

Eagles | Ryan Mathews will join rotation upon return (Mon Sep 26, 12:40 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) will remain the starter, but head coach Doug Pederson said the team will continue to rotate backs even when Mathews is healthy.

Our View: The Eagles should continue to use Darren Sproles as a receiving weapon, even if/when Mathews is at full strength. If Mathews misses time with this ankle injury (that he's been playing with), then perhaps Kenjon Barner or Wendell Smallwood would be asked to do more like they did in Week 3.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews absent down stretch (Mon Sep 26, 01:13 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) carried just twice for minus-5 yards in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Doug Pederson did not have information on Mathews' status after the game, but said he would have an update Monday, Sept. 26.

Our View: Mathews has been bothered by this ankle injury, but he has not missed time despite having an ankle heavily taped. Get on your waiver wire to see if you can add Kenjon Barner or Wendell Smallwood.
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Eagles | Ryan Mathews nursing hand injury? (Tue Sep 20, 12:43 AM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (hand) was being checked by trainers in the locker room after the Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Sept. 19. The trainers appeared to be looking at his hand.

Our View: Mathews is one of the most oft-injured players in the NFL. Even Fred Taylor watches Mathews and says "ice up son!" We'll see what he can do in practice this week.
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