By Neil Dutton, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Jun 28th 9:26am EDT
Dave Spadaro says Ryan Mathews is "225 pounds and runs with power", on the Eagles website. In answer to Mathews statement that he's "going to contribute wherever the coaches want (him)", Dave speculates that Mathews could enjoy 8-10 carries a game. (Source: Dave Spadaro, PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Fantasy Impact: With the Eagles offense usually eschewing substitutions, all running backs will have chances to put up yards and touchdowns. DeMarco Murray's expected to get most of the carries, but Chip Kelly's rotational philosophy should keep Mathews in the RB3/Flex conversation.
By Phil Falvo, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Jun 18th 12:32pm EDT
Prior to the Eagles secon minicamp practice on Wednesday, Chip Kelly spoke about Ryan Mathews' speed and size combination and the role he cam play for the team. Kelly noted that Mathews has been "used a little on kickoff return" during minicamp. While Kelly talked up Mathews, he noted that things could be different when the pads go on during camp. (Source: Brandon Lee Gowton via Bleeding Green Nation
Fantasy Impact: With Mathews healthy, he can be the battering ram inside the 5 yard line that Philly has been looking for. Don't be surprised if Mathews plays a change-of-pace and goal line back role. While he maybe practicing on the kickoff return team, Mathews will likely sit out special teams duties due to his injury history. Mathews will be a must-have for DeMarco Murray owners.
By Mike Castiglione , Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Jun 8th 6:45pm EDT
Riddick attended the team's OTAs on Monday and observed "Demarco Murray gets the headlines, but Ryan Mathews looks VERY good. And they like him. A lot." (Source: Louis Riddick on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has already noted that "it takes a village" at the running back position. After jettisoning Lesean McCoy, the Eagles went out and signed Murray, last year's rushing champ, as well as Mathews, the former first-round pick who was limited to six games last season because of an ankle injury. Mathews, 27, rushed for a career-high 1,255 yards the previous season in San Diego. While the exact workload distribution is not yet clear -- Darren Sproles also remains in the mix -- Mathews stands to get a fair enough share to return some flex value.
By James Brimacombe, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Jun 4th 4:32pm EDT
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur made it clear that Ryan Mathews will be heavily involved in a timeshare backfield with DeMarco Murray.
"They're two really fine players," Shurmur said, via the Delaware County Daily Times. "They're two guys that have been starters in places that they've been and they're going to come here and kind of share the role which is, when you think about it, I think that's terrific that that's their mindset." (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: With Mathews accepting a contract with the Eagles and knowing that DeMarco Murray was already in town he was well aware that his carries were going to take a major hit. Mathews has only played a 16 game season once in his 5 years in the league.
By Matt Muller, Eagles Correspondent, Fri, Mar 13th 5:32pm EDT
The Eagles have announced that Ryan Mathews has signed a 3 year contract with team. He joins a backfield consisting of DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles. (Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Fantasy Impact: Barring injury, Mathews figures to play second fiddle to Murray. Kelly's offense can provide value for more than one running back, but as McCoy/Sproles demonstrated last season, it can be difficult to predict how the carries will be split. Moving to the Eagles will likely be detrimental to both players' fantasy numbers this year, and Mathews is unlikely to rise above a mid-round pick in most leagues.
By Clinton, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Mar 12th 12:56pm EDT
What appeared to be a sure thing may not be so anymore for Ryan Mathews and the Eagles. The Eagles have reportedly agreed to sign DeMarco Murray making Mathews' signing a question mark for the team. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: What would have been a likely increase in value for Mathews, he is now possibly in limbo due to the Eagles jumping on board with DeMarco Murray. Although not fully guaranteed, the deal is supposedly in place for Murray making Mathews no longer a need. If Mathews doesn\'t sign with the Eagles, his fantasy value will likely take a hit regardless where he goes compared to the Eagles.
By Blaine Blontz, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Mar 12th 10:50am EDT
While Ryan Mathews has an agreement in place with the Eagles to become their running back, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly reports the contract hasn't been signed. (Source: Geoff Mosher on Twitter
Fantasy Impact: Mathews is currently in Philadelphia, and he's likely waiting for a resolution to the DeMarco Murray meetings, also occurring today, before signing his new deal. If Mathews joins as the feature back for the Eagles his fantasy value would significantly increase, assuming he can remain healthy. But if Murray also signs Mathews would instantly take a backseat to the NFL's 2014 leading rusher.
By Dan Dziubczynski, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Mar 11th 2:15pm EDT
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Ex-San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews to a 3-year deal worth $11.5 million. With $5 million guaranteed. (Source: Adam Shecter
Fantasy Impact: The issue for Ryan Mathews is whether he can stay healthy. He hasn't been able to thus far in his career, but he is a former 1st round pick, who at age 27 still has some tread left on the tires. In 2013, he did play in all 16 games for San Diego, and had 1,255 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. He added 6 rushing touchdowns. Mathews has also caught as many as 50 balls in a season, so he does bring that dual threat. I would be a big buyer of Mathews at this time, as he should get plenty of yardage and touchdowns in the Eagles high octane offense.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Eagles Correspondent, Fri, Dec 12th 1:55pm EST
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was absent from practice on Friday with an ankle injury. Mathews did not practice all week.
Fantasy Impact: It's looking highly unlikely that Mathews will play this Sunday in a pivotal matchup against Denver. Fantasy owners should check his status later on but consider Mathews on the wrong side of questionable for now. Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will likely handle the majority of touches this week.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Eagles Correspondent, Wed, Dec 10th 11:05pm EST
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews missed practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. Mathews was injured in last weeks game against the Patriots. (Source: Michael Gehlken
Fantasy Impact: Owners of Mathews need to monitor the situation this week and hope he gets in a practice by Friday. While talented Mathews has been injury prone in his career. It would be a good idea for owners to grab Branden Oliver off waivers in case Mathews misses this weeks game against Denver.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 11:47am EST
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews was limited in the second half of Sunday nights game against the Patriots with a knee injury. Mathews was hurt on a tripping penalty Iate in the second quarter and limped off to the locker room before halftime. He did return in the third quarter but only had two carries.
Fantasy Impact: Mathews started off strong with nine carries for 52 yards before the injury then only had two rushes for negative 8 yards in the second half. It's a good sign that he was able to return but owners should keep an eye on the banged up RB this week.
By Richie Smith, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 11:25am EST
Ryan Mathews scampered for a 14-yard touchdown run on Sunday against the Ravens. Aside from the fourth quarter score, it was a quiet day for Mathews, as he rushed for just 40 yards on 12 carries.
Fantasy Impact: The Chargers were playing from behind virtually the entire game, which was the likely result of the lack of carries for Mathews. He is never a big part of the passing game, and Sunday was no exception as he added just one catch for six yards. In this type of a shootout game, Mathews' had limited upside, as he's traditionally most useful when the Chargers are playing from ahead.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 7:58pm EST
Ryan Mathews had a big day Sunday Week 12 rushing 12 times for 105 yards and a touchdown vs St Louis. Mathews left the game with a shoulder injury he suffered on his 32 yard touchdown run but returned to the game.
Fantasy Impact: It seems the shoulder injury Mathews suffered is minor since he returned to the game. In only his second game back from a knee injury that sidelined him for the majority of the season, Mathews was a difference maker Sunday for the Chargers offense. He could be a factor in the fantasy playoffs as a solid RB 2.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Nov 17th 12:05am EST
RB Ryan Mathews coming off a knee injury and out since Week 2, rushed 16 times for 70 yards without seeing the endzone.
Fantasy Impact: Mathews did split time with RB Branden Oliver, who had 13 carries on the day. Although it wasn't a breakout performance, it is clear that Mathews is the dominant back in San Diego. Expect more of a workload for Mathews in the Charger offense in coming weeks.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 12:07am EST
RB Ryan Mathews was listed as probable for Sunday's game against Oakland. Ricky Henne's interview with OC Frank Reicht also gave insight that Mathews will see action on the field Sunday and the amount of the workload will depend on Mathews. The Chargers coaching staff want to proceed with caution, not over-extending their featured running back. (Source: Chargers.com)
Fantasy Impact: It appears that Mathews would be a pretty good bet to start on your team if you own him. However, there is always the chance the team will depend more on a committee approach to ease Mathews back into action. If you have two other running backs worthy to start, it might be the safe play to go in that direction.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Nov 13th 7:59pm EST
According to Chargers.com's Ricky Henne, RB Ryan Mathews was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. However, head coach Mike McCoy would not disclose the status of his start running back until Friday. (Source: Chargers.com)
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners will have to wait a little bit longer to see if Mathews will play Sunday and to what extent. It appears as though Mathews will play, but could be in a limited role, or running back by committee situation. Stay tuned.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Sat, Oct 25th 11:57am EDT
According to Michael Gehlken of UT-San Diego, Ryan Mathews might be activated for the Week 9 game at Miami. Mathews ran Thursday night before the game doing some high-altitude conditioning and is getting ready for his return. (Source: www.utsandiego.com
Fantasy Impact: It remains to be seen if San Diego will activate Mathews next week. If coaches want to play it safe with the oft-injured running back, they may keep him out of the game at Miami before the bye week giving Mathews two more weeks to get fully healed to provide an impact in the running game down during the later part of the season when it will be needed most.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Sep 16th 12:26am EDT
According to ESPN, RB Ryan Mathews suffered a grade 2 right MCL sprain and could be out around 4 weeks. Head coach Mike McCoy wouldn't speculate how long Mathews would actually be out and that every player heals at a different speed. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Running backs Donald Brown and Danny Woodhead will try to fill the void left by Mathews. Initially it looks like Brown could get the most carries, although coach McCoy stated there would be various rotations in a given week.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 10:09pm EDT
According to Eric Williams of ESPN, Charger RB Ryan Mathews suffered an apparent knee injury at the beginning of the 4th quarter against Seattle. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday and Charger officials are concerned Mathews could have a sprained MCL. Mathews, up until the injury, had 11 carries for 31 yards. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: The injury-prone RB could potentially be lost for the season in a contract year. Last year was the first season in Mathews' career in which he played in all 16 games. Now RBs Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown will be the key ball carriers for the time being.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 11:34pm EDT
San Diego RB Ryan Mathews had a solid performance against the Arizona Cardinals Monday night, thanks to a 3rd quarter rushing touchdown. Mathews had the bulk of the carries with 12 attempts for 40 yards.
Fantasy Impact: It was a tough go for the Charger rushing attack averaging only 2.2 yards a carry. While Mathews' average was only slightly better, owners can breathe a little easier knowing that he is the main workhorse. Mathews had 12 carries while Danny Woodhead had 6 carries and Donald Brown carried the rock only twice.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 8:09pm EDT
Ryan Mathews is projected by Fantasy Pros to score around 10 points this week against the Arizona Cardinals with 65 yards rushing. (Source: Fantasy Pros)
Fantasy Impact: Mathews is facing a stingy Cardinal defense as well as a possible running back by committee approach by HC Mike McCoy. It might take a few games to see how the team will use Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and newly acquired Donald Brown.
By Steven Miller, Eagles Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 1:39am EDT
Ryan Mathews rushed 5 times for 19 yards in last Thursday's preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Mathews had a lost fumble going over the top of the goal line in the first quarter of the game. Head Coach Mike McCoy addressed the media and defended his running back saying that Mathews is his 'go to' guy for goal line situations. (Source: UT- San Diego
Fantasy Impact: So far Coach McCoy has faith in Mathews, but with Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown as part of a crowded backfield, McCoy could abandon Mathews if fumbling becomes habit forming. Stay tuned to see how Mathews and the other backs will be utilized this season.
By Matthew O'Connor, Eagles Correspondent, Tue, Jul 29th 10:24pm EDT
Offensive coordinator Frank Reich, during an interview with Chargers.com states that Ryan Mathews will continue to be the primary workhorse. (Source: Chargers.com
Fantasy Impact: With the dearth of elite running backs in today's NFL, if Mathews can stay healthy he should be a solid RB2. The offensive coordinator stating that he will be the "primary workhorse" should help clear up any fears that he will lose touches to addition Donald Brown. 2014 is a contract year so he will be extra motivated to put up big numbers to get one last pay day.
Razzball | Jul 29th
And thus, we now close down the rankings portion of the preseason. (But don't worried, the rankings will be updated every week until the beginning of the season.) It's been a long and enduring process, but one that didn't involve any Ryan Mathews drama, so I proclaim this a resounding success. Unfortunately, the format in which we're used to consuming these rankings as pretty little embeded tables...
EDSFootball | Jun 16th
With LeSean McCoy traded to Buffalo this offseason for linebacker Kiko Alonso, the Philadelphia Eagles have added two running backs -- DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews -- capable of filling the void. Sheil Kapadia of Phillymag.com attempted to project how the backs will split their workload in 2015 and he assumed that the team's backfield averages roughly 26 carries per game (like last season). But...