Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:07pm
Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:46pm
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (groin, questionable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is questionable for Week 9. The full practice after a midweek downgrade is a good sign for Mathews. The Eagles are likely to funnel a few extra carries to DeMarco Murray since he’s playing his old team, but Mathews has been the better runner this year. He’s averaging 6.1 YPC while Murray is only averaging 3.5 YPC. After a very slow start, Murray has been running better of late (4.4 YPC over the last four weeks).
Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:20pm
Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (groin) missed practice Thursday after taking limited reps Wednesday. This is a downgrade from Wednesday, so not a good sign. If he’s out, it’s a bump for DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles.
The issue of who should get more carries has become larger and larger as the season has gone on.
Through seven games Ryan Mathews has 342 yards on 56 carries. He has carried the ball over 10 times just once all season, in the team's Week 3 win over the New York Jets, a game Murray did not play in.
DeMarco Murray, on the other hand, has carried the ball 88 times this season, and over 10 times in each of the past three games. Despite getting the ball more, Murray has just 307 yards, 35 less than Mathews.
It is clear that through seven games Mathews has been the better running back, something that is backed up by both the stats and anyone who has watched the games. Mathews seems faster, more decisive with his cuts and more elusive, a key trait playing behind an Eagles' offensive line that has struggled this season. The Eagles play Dallas after their bye this week and chances are he is going to want the ball against the Cowboys to prove them wrong for letting him walk as a free agent. If Mathews continues to outplay Murray, however, it is going to be hard to justify keeping him on the bench in favor of Murray like the team did on Sunday night.
Kelly was asked about Mathews outperforming Murray and said there's "not enough data" to definitively say Mathews is better.
"There is not enough data," Kelly said. "For you to just say that 'this' is better than 'that' because one of them didn't play in the one game where we had success running the football."
So far this season, Mathews has 132 rushing yards on 33 carries. Murray? 47 yards on 29 carries.
Mathews did look good against the Jets, the Eagles only win this season. Murray did have an 8-36-0 line last week which is a 4.5 yards per carry clip, his best this season. But the Eagles trailed much of the game and didn't stick with the run game. It's a nice matchup this week against the Saints but Murray is tough to trust. The hope is he at least shows more signs of life this week.
Murray had 8 rushes for 36 yards in the game. Through three games this season, he has 47 yards rushing on 29 carries.
After the game, he spoke out: “Do I think I’m touching the ball [enough]?” he said. “No, I’m not. I don’t think I am. But it’s the plays that are being called. I love this offense. I love playing with these guys. It’s just how it is.”
It should be pointed out that Murray isn’t losing many touches to other running backs. The Eagles just didn’t run the ball much on Sunday. The team’s other running back, Ryan Mathews, only had 4 carries for 16 yards. The Eagles offense is a bit of a mess right now and Murray isn't a safe play as a result.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 4. Murray’s full participation is a good sign, but the Eagles may err on the side of caution since they have a very good backup in Ryan Mathews. Murray was reportedly “coy” about his Week 4 availability. The Eagles play early on Sunday.
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Murray’s full participation is a good sign, but the Eagles may err on the side of caution since they have a very good backup in Ryan Mathews. Murray was reportedly “coy” about his Week 4 availability.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
Eagles RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Murray’s participation in Wednesday’s practice is a good sign, but the Eagles may err on the side of caution since they have a very good backup in Ryan Mathews.
Murray ran with the offense and did drills in the limited amount of practice open to the media.
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