Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Mon 10/31/16 9:00 PM2 Comments

Head coach Doug Pederson suggested he will consider removing Mathews from his role as the primary running back, CSN Philadelphia's Reuben Frank reports.
EDGE Analysis
The switch may have already happened without an announcement, as Mathews only got five touches to Darren Sproles' 20 in Sunday's loss to Dallas even though the Eagles held a lead for most of the night. While Pederson's comments this upcoming week will be closely monitored, Sproles is a safer option than Mathews regardless of whether anything is officially announced. Mathews is shaping up as a low-upside, touchdown-dependent option for Week 9 against a solid Giants defense.

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Mon 10/31/16 12:42 AM

Mathews had four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown, adding one catch for one yard on his only target, in Sunday's 29-23 overtime loss to the Cowboys.
EDGE Analysis
With the exception of a walk-in touchdown from one yard out, Mathews was the clear second fiddle to Darren Sproles, who had 15 carries for 86 yards and five catches for 17 yards (seven targets). The workload split might seem to suggest the Eagles played from behind, but they actually held a lead for the majority of Sunday's game. As such, Sproles appears to have leapfrogged Mathews from the lead-back role, though it's possible things could change if the Eagles decide on a more power-oriented gameplan in any given week. Considering how poorly Mathews has played this season, Sproles is clearly the player to own in a messy Philadelphia backfield. Wendell Smallwood lost a fumble on his only carry in Sunday's game, and Kenjon Barner had 15 yards on four touches. Mathews could be headed for a complete dud if he doesn't find the end zone in a Week 9 road matchup with the Giants.

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Tue 10/25/16 1:55 PM

Head coach Doug Pederson said he isn't down on Mathews despite the running back's two fourth-quarter fumbles in the past three games, CSN Philadelphia reports.
EDGE Analysis
Pederson did say the team will consider whether fatigue may be an issue, perhaps turning to Wendell Smallwood or Darren Sproles in clock-killing situations. Considering the two fumbles occurred on Mathews' ninth and 14th carries of the respective games, it doesn't seem fatigue is the real problem. The seventh-year running back has always had a bit of an issue with ball security, and his two fumbles have simply occurred at more noticeable times this season. The first essentially cost the Eagles a Week 4 contest in Detroit, whereas Sunday's fumble had no real impact on a game with an 18-point margin and under five minutes remaining. While comparing the two feels like a stretch, there's little question Mathews will be in danger of losing work if he continues to fumble. He's already been splitting time with Smallwood and Sproles, taking only 11, nine and 14 carries over the past three games.

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Sun 10/23/16 4:51 PM

Mathews gained 56 yards on 14 carries and turned his only target into a 27-yard gain during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He also lost a fumble in the 21-10 win.
EDGE Analysis
Mathews averaged four yards per carry as he received his highest number of carries since Week 1, and he finished second on the team in receiving despite seeing just one target. Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood combined for nine touches as Mathews claimed 63 percent of the backfield share. The fumble was Mathews' second in three weeks and he will need to improve in that area if he wants to retain his edge in usage over the Eagles' other backs. He should receive the majority of the carries again in Week 8 versus the Cowboys.

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Fri 10/14/16 7:09 PM

Mathews (illness) does not have a designation on Friday's injury report, setting him up to play in Sunday's game against Washington.
EDGE Analysis
Mathews was excused from Friday's practice feeling under the weather, but the team apparently isn't worried about his Sunday availability, opting not to list him as 'questionable', 'doubtful or 'out'. While the illness could impact his strength and endurance if it lingers into the weekend, Mathews is seemingly still poised to lead the Philadelphia backfield in one of the best matchups conceivable. Washington has surrendered an NFL-worst eight rushing touchdowns, also ranking last in opponents' yards per carry (5.1) and third-to-last in rushing yards per game (130).

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Fri 10/14/16 10:47 AM

Mathews will not practice Friday due to an illness.
EDGE Analysis
Mathews was not previously listed on the injury report this week, but he will sit out the final practice session of the week due to his ailment. He will have a couple days to rest and recover before the Eagles' next game Sunday, so it remains to be seen if the illness will have any effect on his status for Week 6.

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Sun 10/9/16 6:24 PM1 Comment

Mathews gained 42 yards on 11 carries during Sunday's 24-23 loss to the Lions. He also caught all five of his targets for 33 yards and a touchdown, while losing a fumble as well.
EDGE Analysis
Mathews ceded just five carries to other backs Sunday in his return to action, but he could generate just 3.8 yards per carry. He made his first significant impact of the season as a pass-catcher, and found the end zone for the first time since Week 2. Mathews appears poised to handle the majority of the backfield touches moving forward, and he should find the sledding easier next week versus the Redskins.

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Wed 10/5/16 3:29 PM

Mathews (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
In the Eagles' last game on Sep. 25, Mathews was forced out due to a stiff ankle, finishing with minus-five yards on his two carries. He's subsequently used the team's bye week to retain his health and is thus on pace to start Sunday at Detroit, assuming no setback with the injury.

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Wed 10/5/16 10:47 AM

Mathews is still dealing with a "little soreness" in his ankle but is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Lions, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.
EDGE Analysis
Mathews will have to make it through practice over the next couple days before he is officially cleared to play in Week 5, but it appears he will be able to get back on the field following the Eagles' Week 4 bye. Mathews is expected to resume his role as the team's primary running back as long as he is able to suit up.

Ryan Mathews
RB FA
Mon 9/26/16 12:24 PM2 Comments

Mathews' ankle stiffened during Sunday's game against the Steelers, explaining his light workload of just two carries, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
EDGE Analysis
Mathews reportedly had the same ankle that limited him before the preseason rolled on during his 22-carry Week 1 performance against the Browns. That discomfort contributed toward his combined 11 carries over the past two weeks, clarifying his situation to fantasy owners. Fortunately, the Eagles now have a Week 4 bye, giving Mathews extra time for his ankle's condition to improve. While coach Doug Pederson maintains Mathews is the Eagles' starting running back when healthy, he also revealed the veteran will continue to be subject to a rotation that includes Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner going forward, thus adding another frustrating layer to Mathews' current situation.