| Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
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|Draft: 2010 Round 1 (12)
College: Fresno State
DOB: 1987-10-10 Age: 28
|After sharing the running back duties with Mike Tolbert last season, Mathews appears ready to take over a workhorse back role with San Diego in 2012. Tolbert signed with Carolina as a free agent and the Chargers will enter the season with the uninspiring trio of Ronnie Brown, LeíRon McClain and Curtis Brinkley in reserve behind Mathews. That should translate into plenty of touches for the talented Mathews. He enters the season having had a very productive 2011 with 1,545 total yards and six touchdowns despite missing two full games and playing nicked up in several others. Tolbert saw plenty of action last season both as a short yardage runner and the teamsí third down back, pilfering 10 touchdowns. Look for Mathews to assume most of that workload, giving him an opportunity to approach 2,000 total yards and reach double-digit touchdowns for the first time in his career. The only risk with Mathews is his penchant for getting hurt (six missed games over the first two years of his career) but reports out of San Diego indicate that he is in the best shape of his career. He is a legitimate RB1 in 2012 and likely to be amongst the top five fantasy producers at running back.
| Bradford, Mathews out for the Eagles -- Fri Nov 20 12:15 pm --|
Both suffered concussions in Week 10.
|Already facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without quarterback Sam Bradford, the team will be without running back Ryan Mathews due to a concussion, the team announced. Left tackle Jason Peters (back) is also questionable. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: As expected, Mark Sanchez will get the start at quarterback while DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner will handle the running back duties. Murray's workload may not increase all that much with Mathews out but he may get an extra opportunity or two around the goaline.
| Bradford, Mathews miss practice Thursday -- Thu Nov 19 11:45 am --|
Both suffered concussion in Week 10
|Chip Kelly said that Sam Bradford and Ryan Mathews haven't cleared concussion protocol to practice. Jason Peters won't practice either. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Mark Sanchez is expected to start with Bradford suffering a concussion and shoulder injury in Week 10. He's a decent streamer option against a defense giving up the tenth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. If Mathews sits, most analysts are expecting DeMarco Murray to absorb more action but Kenyon Barner will be active which may cut into Murray's expected bump in workload.
| Ryan Mathews earning more carries -- Tue Sep 29 9:47 am --|
Eagles RB committee breakdown is shifting
|The Eagles' game plan for the Jets similarly had a different flavor than the vanilla one used in the opener in Atlanta. The outside zone run became the go-to play for an offense that relied on the inside zone in Chip Kelly's first two seasons.
Ryan Mathews thrived on the outside zone plays. He motored around the corner for 27 yards on his first carry - breaking two tackles along the way - and later picked up an additional 40 yards on eight outside zone runs. (Philadelphia Enquirer)|
FF Today's Take: With DeMarco Murray sidelined with a hamstring injury, Mathews looked sharp as the lead runner, with Darren Sproles contributing plenty of output in the passing game and on special teams. Murray's lingering injury issues could slide more work to Mathews in the coming weeks.
| DeMarco Murray inactive -- Sun Sep 27 11:30 am --|
|DeMarco Murray is inactive. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: With Murray inactive, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles should handle the bulk of the running back work for the Eagles.
| DeMarco Murray won't practice Thursday -- Thu Sep 24 12:15 pm --|
Status for Sunday uncertain
|DeMarco Murray remains a mystery for Sunday.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly told reporters on Thursday that his starting running back is still being evaluated for a hamstring injury ahead of this weekend's matchup with the New York Jets. Murray won't practice Thursday and the team isn't sure if he'll suit up for Week 3.
FF Today's Take: We'll monitor practice reports Friday and Saturday but it sounds like Murray is shaping up to be a gametime decision. Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles would see increased touches if Murray sits. The Eagles and Jets play early Sunday.
|Eagles want to get Sproles more involved -- Thu Sep 3 4:20 pm --|
Eagles hinting at more two-back sets in 2015?
|The coaching staff has consistently said they want to get Darren Sproles involved more, and you saw why on Sam Bradfordís first touchdown pass against the Packers.
"We'd like to get him the ball steadily and consistently, and he certainly is a unique, outstanding player," OC Pat Shurmur said. "We just need to make sure we get him the ball, and we have a plan to do that."
The more you use Sproles, the more you can use him as a decoy as well. He draws a lot of attention from defenses, which is why I expect to see more two running back sets this season. (Philly Mag: Birds 24/7)|
FF Today's Take: The Eagles have spent a bit of time talking up Sproles this summer despite the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, even floating out the idea of using him in the slot. Some beat writers have a suggested a 65/30/5 split (Murray-Mathews-Sproles) for the Eagles' backfield, although it is extremely like Sproles will see heavy action in two-minute drills, third-down situations or whenever the team is trailing late.
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