| 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.
|Murray on the way out in Philly? -- Thu Feb 4 6:50 pm --|
Eagles, RB "not in a good place"
|A coaching change hasn't improved the situation for Eagles RB DeMarco Murray. Even with Chip Kelly being sent packing and the hire of coach Doug Pederson, the former NFL rushing leader and his team are not in a good place.
In fact, Eagles and Murray appear headed toward a stare-down regarding his future with the organization, according to several sources informed of the situation. The division boils down to: Murray's unsuccessful 2015 campaign during which he rushed for only 702 yards, the Eagles' lack of conviction that he's the right back and the massive contract Murray signed last offseason. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: A trade is probably out of the question for Murray, who signed a five-year, $40 million deal last offseason. Also working against Murray is his age (he'll turn 28 in mid-February and injury history. Furthermore, Ryan Mathews is a more-than-capable back when healthy and about half as expensive as the ex-Cowboy. If Murray is still on the Eagles' roster next season, he will likely be sharing carries with Murray and should be considered no more than a low-end RB2.
|Darren Sproles to be featured RB? -- Sun Dec 13 7:15 am --|
Uncertainty surrounds DeMarco Murray
|After a troubling week, #Eagles have weighed all options with DeMarco Murray, even sitting him. Either way, Darren Sproles will be featured. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: DeMarco Murray appears to be digging his grave in Philadelphia. He hasn't been a good fit for Chip Kelly's east-west running offense and Kelly refuses to scheme plays that fit Murray's North-South style. Sproles makes for an interesting DFS play and a solid FLEX, RB2 play is season-long leagues. Ryan Mathews should also see action.
|DeMarco Murray a non-factor again in Week 13 -- Mon Dec 7 4:40 pm --|
Lost 47 of 61 snaps to Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner
|No big deal, Chip Kelly said. Watching the game it sure felt like a big deal. Struggling DeMarco Murray, last yearís NFL rushing leader, clearly appeared to be demoted Sunday, his workload reduced to just eight carries in the Eaglesí upset win over the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
Murray played only 14 of 61 snaps Sunday after averaging 36 snaps before Sunday. His previous low this season was 25 vs. the Redskins. With Murray benched most of the game, the Eagles used Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner to carry the fooball. (CSN Philly)|
FF Today's Take: Kelly explained the carry split by saying he believed that the smaller, faster Barner and Sproles would be better matchups for the Eagles against the Patriotsí larger linebackers. He also said on Monday that he plans on evaluating his running back rotation on a "week-to-week basis" going forward. It's looking more and more as if Kelly might be willing to feature Ryan Mathews, who has missed the last three games, down the stretch if can be cleared of his concussion soon.
| 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.
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