Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
7 days ago

Mathews ran the ball five times for 18 yards during Thursday's preseason win over the Steelers.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews had less carries than both Byron Marshall (eight) and Kenjon Barner (six) as the Eagles don't need to risk the health of their projected starting running back. Mathews' value in PPR formats figures to be reduced due to Darren Sproles' role on passing downs, who didn't carry the ball Thursday but recorded three receptions for eight yards. Fellow running back Kenjon Barner also impressed against Pittsburgh with six carries for 41 yards and a touchdown, but he shouldn't cut into too many of Mathews' touches by the time the regular season rolls around, given he remains healthy.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
2 weeks ago

Mathews (ankle) had two carries for 15 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against Tampa Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews made the most of his brief appearance, running through would-be tacklers on a couple of tough runs up the middle. He showed no lingering signs of the ankle injury that cause him to miss some practice time, and seems to be locked in as the Eagles' lead back. However, Darren Sproles figures to get most of the passing-down work, and Mathews' durability has always been an issue.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
3 weeks ago

Mathews (ankle) appeared to be a full practice participant Sunday, philly.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

More importantly perhaps, is that the report notes that Mathews took his place with the the Eagles' first-team offense Sunday. Since being activated from the team's non-football injury list and returning to practice Friday, Mathews has reportedly looked sharp. "He just looks explosive out there," offensive coordinator Frank Reich noted after seeing Mathews work. "He looked explosive, he looked quick, he was seeing things. And I know it was a toned-down practice with no pads, but we're still playing fast. He looks good. He's an explosive, physical runner." As long as Mathews remains healthy, it sounds like the Eagles would like to get him plenty of work, with Reich stating that "we want to get (Mathews) as many touches as we can." In the mix for complementary work in the Eagles' 2016 backfield are veteran change-of-pace man Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner and rookie Wendell Smallwood, who is dealing with a quad issue.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
3 weeks ago

Mathews participated in a few team drills on Friday and was removed from the NFI list, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although he did take the practice field for the first time this training camp, Mathews was limited in his participation and left practice early. He'll continue to nurse a sore ankle, and should see an increase in reps next week.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
3 weeks ago

Mathews (ankle) continues to miss practice, NJ.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

To date, Mathews has missed all of six of the Eagles' full team practices in training camp, but on the plus side, coach Doug Pederson indicated Sunday that he hoped to have Mathews back by the end of this week. With Wendell Smallwood now dealing with a quad injury, Kenjon Barner and Darren Sproles are seeing the bulk of the team's practice reps at running back, with undrafted rookies Byron Marshall and Cedric O'Neal also seeing some extra reps.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
4 weeks ago

Mathews (ankle) is expected to return next week according to Eagles coach Doug Pederson, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury List on Wednesday after suffering an ankle injury during a training session last week, but the issue appears to be minor as he's not expected to miss much of training camp. Veteran Darren Sproles, who inked a contract extension Friday, figures to compete with Mathews throughout the preseason for the top spot on the running back depth chart, while Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner could see additional reps if Mathews' health remains a concern.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
1 month ago5 Comments

Mathews, who landed on the Eagles' Active/Non-football Injury list after hurting his ankle while training last week, was seen walking into the team's facility Wednesday without a noticeable limp, CSN Philadelphia reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though the Eagles have not presented a timetable for Mathews' return, this nugget hints at an injury that isn't too severe. Either way, until Mathews returns to the field, the likes of Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner figure to see added running back reps during the Eagles' training camp practices.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
1 month ago1 Comment

The Eagles have placed Mathews (ankle) on their Active/Non-Football Injury List.

EDGE Analysis

The report notes that the running back suffered an ankle injury while training last week, without providing a timetable for Mathews' return to action. On a more positive note, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer noted Wednesday that Mathews "was seen walking into (the Eagles') facility and his injury isn't considered serious." We'll let you know if that assessment changes.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
6 months ago1 Comment

Mathews and teammate Darren Sproles are being pegged as the Eagles' primary running backs following the trade of DeMarco Murray, Philly.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews' future with the Eagles was somewhat uncertain earlier this week, but after Murray was traded, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman expressed confidence in Mathews and Sproles as the team's top two runners. In 13 games last season, Mathews rushed for 539 yards and six touchdowns, averaging a career-best 5.1 yards per carry along the way. While the Eagles could certainly add another running back in the upcoming draft, it appears Mathews could be their primary ball-carrier this season, according to Roseman and coach Doug Peterson's recent comments.

Ryan Mathews
RB PHI (4)
7 months ago

Mathews recently had groin surgery, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mathews originally hurt his groin in late October, but a bye week allowed him to avoid any absences. He later missed three games because of a concussion, and he was also listed on the injury report with the groin issue until Week 14. Despite his absence from the report, this may help to explain why Mathews only had 11 touches over the final two weeks, with DeMarco Murray notably re-emerging in a key role for the regular-season finale. Mathews should be healthy before the start of training camp, but he'll likely have to compete with Murray for carries again.