RB Ryan Mathews - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-0, 218||Born: 5-1-1987||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 12|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 28): Mathews did what Demarco Murray couldn't - revitalize the Eagles running game. Yes, they were facing a team on short rest and the blocking had something to do with that, but something like a 40/40/20 split with Murray and Sproles is reasonable. Mathews won't have a high weekly ceiling, but he might have moved into weekly flex territory if the Eagles running game keeps it up.
General News (Tue Sep 29): showed good size and explosion during the Week 3 game against the New York Jets, according to head coach Chip Kelly. "He's a real decisive, one-cut runner. Stick[s] his foot in the ground and go. You're going to have to run through some arm tackles and he did. He's got some size to go with his explosion. You've got to be physical through there and he was really physical today," Kelly said. Mathews led the team in carries in Week 3, but Kelly said he is not sure if Mathews deserves a majority of the carries in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins.
Week 4: at Washington Redskins
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Philadelphia did without DeMarco Murray last week, and it was to the good for their rushing attack. Ryan Mathews posted 25/108/0 rushing and 2/20/1 receiving as the lead back, while Darren Sproles racked up 11/17/1 rushing and 4/19/0 receiving, while adding a long return TD to his effort. Murray (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday - stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News to see if Murray will be able to play on Sunday - if not, Mathews looked pretty solid last week. St. Louis managed 13/67/0 rushing at Washington two weeks ago, and the Washington defense coughed up 31/84/1 rushing to the Giants on Thursday Night Football this past week. Washington currently averages 75.0 rushing yards allowed per game, third in the NFL, and have allowed only one rushing score through their first three games. This rush D is a tough nut to crack. This is a tough matchup for the Eagles' backs, whoever actually plays on Sunday.
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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 NewsEagles | Coach happy with Ryan Mathews' play (Mon Sep 28, 04:41 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews showed good size and explosion during the Week 3 game against the New York Jets, according to head coach Chip Kelly. 'He's a real decisive, one-cut runner. Stick[s] his foot in the ground and go. You're going to have to run through some arm tackles and he did. He's got some size to go with his explosion. You've got to be physical through there and he was really physical today,' Kelly said. Our View: Kelly should be happy as Mathews was the best part of the team's offense on Sunday. Who knows how this RB situation is going to work out when DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is healthy enough to play. Stay tuned.
link to story Eagles | Ryan Mathews' role uncertain (Mon Sep 28, 02:56 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews led the team in carries in Week 3, but head coach Chip Kelly said he is not sure if Mathews deserves a majority of the carries in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins. Our View: Fantasy owners have been frustrated by this Eagles offense. Kelly said Mathews, DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles all fit perfectly in the offense. That's only going to complicate things going forward as things get worked out on the field.
link to story Eagles | Ryan Mathews shine in start (Sun Sep 27, 09:09 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews had 25 carries for 108 yards and two catches for 20 yards and a touchdown in a 24-17 win over the New York Jets in Week 3. Our View: Mathews broke through where Demarco Murray had failed in a development that could force a more even split in the Eagles RBBC. He'll be a priority waiver wire in leagues where he was dropped early due to the Eagles running woes.
link to story Eagles | DeMarco Murray not ruled out (Thu Sep 24, 06:39 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) is not being ruled out for Week 3 against the New York Jets by head coach Chip Kelly. Kelly said Murray will be evaluated after practices Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26. Our View: Stay tuned here. Ryan Mathews would likely be the starter if Murray can't play. Kelly said the team's game plan wouldn't change if Mathews is starting.
link to story Eagles | Ryan Mathews in line to start? (Wed Sep 23, 03:18 PM) - Philadelphia Eagles RB Ryan Mathews would likely start at running back in Week 3 against the New York Jets if RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) can't suit up. RB Darren Sproles is also available. Our View: The Eagles have a tough matchup against the Jets in Week 3. Do not fall all over yourself to get Mathews into the lineup if Murray is out. We'd like him as a RB2/RB3 if he was the Eagles starter.
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