Ryan Mathews Fantasy News

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews cleared, released

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 11:35am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Eagles running back Ryan Mathews had been medically cleared to play.

Mathews had his surgically repaired neck checked out, and doctors gave him a clean bill of health.

To update this item, reports later said the team has officially released Mathews.

Related players: LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Donnel Pumphrey, Wendell Smallwood

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews turns 30 in October. He had 155 carries and 661 yards last season in 13 games but did have eight TDs in that span.

Eagles Beat: Fitting together the RB pieces

Monday, July 31, 2017, 2:00pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

The Eagles' running back situation is like a giant puzzle. We know the pieces but we don't know how they'll all fit together just yet.

"They're open to everything," LeGarrette Blount said. "They're not going to just specifically put me in the role of short-yardage, goal line back. That's not what they brought me here for. They have an open mind. They're going to put me in other situations. I'm excited about every part of the game."

Blount, 30, is coming off a season that saw him carry the ball 299 times for 1,161 yards and an astounding 18 touchdowns. For comparison, the Eagles' top rusher in 2016 was Ryan Mathews, who carried the ball 155 times for 661 yards and eight scores. (Mathews is still technically on the roster but is expected to be cut once fully healed.)

After Blount, the Eagles still have Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Donnell Pumphrey. All four backs seem to have different skill sets and it'll be up to head coach Doug Pederson to figure out how the puzzle fits together.

Fantasy Impact:

Pederson was quoted in the story saying he wanted to get all the RB touches. That's something similar to what happened last year, which isn't an ideal fantasy situation. But, Blount should get a bulk of early down work at least, while Sproles and Pumphrey, who seem to be of the same mold, get third down work and passing situation downs. Smallwood seems to be more of a backup to Blount.

Eagles expect to keep RB Ryan Mathews around at least until August

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 4:42pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Ryan Mathews won’t be on the field Monday for the Eagles. He is still recovering from neck disk surgery, and his surgeon doesn’t want to revisit the matter until sometime next month, the source said.

Mathews, a hard-charging runner with an extensive injury history, had landed on injured reserve the week of the season finale against Dallas. He’d suffered a neck injury Dec. 23 against the Giants that capped a frustrating, erratic season for the Eagles’ leading rusher.

But Mathews had a year remaining on his contract. Releasing him while injured would cost the team more than $1.1 million, the money coming directly off the Eagles’ meager cap space. So the decision was to wait for Mathews to pass a physical, at which point he could be released. He’ll still count $1 million in dead cap money this year, but the Eagles won’t be paying him, the only thing affected will the cap space. If and when he passes the physical.

Related players: LeGarrette Blount, Donnel Pumphrey

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews is scheduled to make $4 million this season, and to count $5 million toward the cap, the story said. Given the signing of LeGarrette Blount and the drafting of Donnel Pumphrey, there is virtually no chance the team will keep Mathews around, when he is declared healthy, the story went on to say.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has a herniated disk, won't play Week 17

Friday, December 23, 2016, 1:22pm

Eagles - [Full Article]

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews has a herniated disk, so he'll miss next week's game against Dallas.

Related players: Darren Sproles, Byron Marshall, Kenjon Barner

Fantasy Impact:

Darren Sproles, Byron Marshall and Kenjon Barner figure to divvy up the carries.

Eagles expect back RB Darren Sproles; RB Kenjon Barner out

Monday, December 19, 2016, 4:48pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Running back Darren Sproles will be back when the Eagles host the Giants on Thursday Night Football.

Kenjon Barner, who replaced Spoles in Sunday's 27-26 loss to the Ravens, is out. And offensive lineman Allen Barbre, well, his status seems to be up in the air.

Sproles, who missed the loss to the Ravens while he was in concussion protocol, has been cleared according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

"He's good to go,'' Pederson, who also ruled out Barner with a hamstring injury, said. "(Barner) is going to miss the game. Being Thursday night, he's not going to make back.''

Related players: Ryan Mathews, Byron Marshall

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagles have missed Sproles in the passing game as well as on punt returns. He'll also serve as a change of pace back, although Ryan Mathews is coming off an impressive performance against the Ravens. Sproles could take away carries from Byron Marshall.

Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:08pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 15. Sproles will sit against the Ravens. It looks like Ryan Mathews may carry the load in a tough matchup, but Kenjon Barner is likely to see an increase in touches as well.

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Sproles will likely sit against Ravens. It looks like Ryan Mathews may carry the load in a tough matchup, but Kenjon Barner is likely to see an increase in touches as well.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm

Eagles RB Darren Sproles (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Sproles will likely sit against Ravens. It looks like Ryan Mathews may carry the load in a tough matchup, but Kenjon Barner is likely to see an increase in touches as well.

Eagles place RB Wendell Smallwood on IR, promote RB Byron Marshall

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:48am

Philly.com - [Full Article]

The Eagles promoted running back Byron Marshall from the practice squad to take Wendell Smallwood’s spot on the 53-man roster.

Smallwood was placed on injured reserve Monday with a knee injury. Marshall, a former Oregon standout, spent the offseason and preseason with the Eagles and has been on practice squad all year.

Darren Sproles is in the league-mandated concussion protocol, leaving the Eagles even thinner at running back. Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner are the top only other running backs on the roster, so Marshall could play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens if Sproles has not recovered from the concussion.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews figures to get the bulk of the work but the Eagles have used as many as four RBs in games this year. Marshall likely won't get enough work to warrant a start in just about any format.

Eagles could place RB Wendell Smallwood on IR

Monday, December 12, 2016, 2:10pm

Philly Magazine - [Full Article]

Doug Pederson offered a lengthy update on the Eagles’ injury situation following Philadelphia’s Week 14 loss to the Washington Redskins. According to Pederson, four players suffered potential season-ending injuries on Sunday: long snapper Jon Dorenbos, rookie running back Wendell Smallwood (knee), reserve tackle Matt Tobin, and backup defensive back Jaylen Watkins. Pederson said all four players are candidates to be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list.

Related players: Ryan Mathews, Kenjon Barner, Darren Sproles

Fantasy Impact:

Smallwood is out due to a right knee Grade 2 MCL sprain. Pederson called it a “lengthy injury.” Kenjon Barner was out in Week 14 and Darren Sproles suffered a concussion leaving Ryan Mathews as the lone healthy RB last week.

Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood suffered knee injury

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:28pm

Express Times - [Full Article]

Eagles rookie running back Wendell Smallwood was knocked from Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins with a right-knee injury.

Smallwood suffered the injury in the second quarter and was downgraded to 'out' after halftime.

Related players: Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles

Fantasy Impact:

In Smallwood's absence, wide receiver Nelson Agholor took over kickoff return duties from the rookie fifth-round draft choice out of West Virginia. Darren Sproles was also injured fielding a punt, leaving Ryan Mathews to take all of the snaps from the RB position later in the game.

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:41pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 14. Mathews is getting over a sprained MCL. If he returns, and it look like he will, it will put a big dent in Wendell Smallwood’s upside. For what it’s worth, HC Doug Pederson said Thursday that Mathews is “ready to go.” The Eagles play early on Sunday.

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:27pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) took full practice reps again Thursday. Mathews is getting over a sprained MCL, but is good to go for Week 14, per HC Doug Pederson. If he returns, it will put a big dent in Wendell Smallwood’s upside, such that it is.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Mathews is getting over a sprained MCL. If he returns, it will put a big dent in Wendell Smallwood’s upside, such that it is.

Eagles RB Ryan Mathews expected to practice Wednesday

Monday, December 5, 2016, 1:58pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Eagles running back Ryan Mathews is expected to return to practice when the team reconvenes on Wednesday after missing the last two games against the Green Bay Packers and Cincinnati Bengals with an MCL sprain.

Related players: Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles

Fantasy Impact:

Smallwood was expected to have a much bigger impact in the running game with Mathews out, but that didn't happen so we should assume Mathews gets a nice workload for a struggling Eagles offense in Week 14, assuming he's a go.

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