Ryan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

Height: 6' Weight: 220 lbsAge: 30College: Fresno StateDrafted: #12 (1st Rd.)

2017 Outlook

Strength of Schedule:
19th easiest for RBs
Draft Rank (ECR) #211
Best / Worst #99 / #259
ADP #205


Ryan Mathews could be released when medically cleared

Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Jimmy Kempski is reporting the Eagles can avoid salary cap ramifications if they move on from Ryan Mathews (neck) when he is medically cleared.

Fantasy Impact

If the Eagles part ways with Mathews before he is medically cleared, they will be forced to pay him $1.15 million as part of an injury settlement if he does not pass a physical with another club, which will count against the 2017 salary cap. The oft-injured rusher's days in Philadelphia are likely numbered, despite the remarks by teammate Darren Sproles last week in which he said that both Mathews and LeGarrette Blount would split the early-down workload. The Eagles' backfield is one to monitor moving forward until the team ultimately comes to a decision on Mathews' future.

Ryan Mathews, LeGarrette Blount to split workload?

ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is suggesting Ryan Mathews and LeGarrette Blount will split the early-down workload in 2017. "I feel like we can share the ball and everyone can be happy," Sproles said Friday. "All have to know our role"

Fantasy Impact

It appears the Eagles could retain Mathews after all in 2017. He was expected to be released for the duration of the offseason but remains with the club just weeks prior to the start of training camp. If Mathews is ultimately retained, he could split the early-down workload with Blount, the presumed starter, which could drastically change his fantasy value. Currently, most experts the believe Eagles will move on from the oft-injured Mathews and have Blount assuming the bulk of the carries on first and second downs, while Sproles maintains his role as the team's primary receiver out of the backfield and third-down back. If Mathews is there, and he cuts into Blount's workload, his fantasy value and ADP would likely take a nosedive. This is a situation that is worth monitoring as the offseason progresses.

Ryan Mathews still absent during mandatory mini-camp

Ryan Mathews’ days in Philadelphia are surely numbered. The big story during the offseason wasn’t if the Eagles were going to release Mathews, but when. After a short two-year stint with the Eagles, Mathews’ injuries have overshadowed his production, which convinced the team to search for replacements. Mathews’ absence from mandatory mini-camp confirms that his days on the Eagles roster have come to an end.

Fantasy Impact

Mathews has put up some solid numbers in Philadelphia, but his injury concerns have made him a tough option for fantasy. There hasn’t been any word yet on whether other teams are interested in the veteran back or not. Don’t be surprised if Mathews’ has already played his final game last season.

Justin Grasso6 weeks ago
Ryan Mathews absent from OTAs

Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane is reporting running back Ryan Mathews (neck) remains absent from OTAs.

Fantasy Impact

Mathews has not been a part of offseason workouts -- he is recovering from neck surgery -- and does not appear in the Eagles' plans moving forward in the wake of the LeGarrette Blount acquisition. The 29-year-old running back, who has battled injuries throughout his career, is expected to be released when he is medically cleared for football activities, per reports, and should still land a job before the start of the 2017 season despite his history. Currently, he holds no fantasy value for the upcoming season.

Ryan Mathews expected to be released

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles will "probably" move on from running back Ryan Mathews "once he's healthy" in the wake of the LeGarrette Blount acquisition.

Fantasy Impact

Schefter shares my sentiments. Personally, I'm surprised Mathews remained on Philadelphia's payroll this far into the offseason. The 29-year-old rusher, who has struggled with staying healthy since entering the league in 2010, put together a solid season in 2016. He rushed for 661 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 13 receptions s for 115 yards and another score as a receiver out of the backfield, but only appeared in 13 games. He's only played one full 16 game slate in his seven-year career. Currently, Mathews is recovering from offseason neck surgery.