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Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles

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Draft: 2010 Round 1 (12)
College: Fresno State
DOB: 1987-10-10 Age: 27

Season Stats
FF Today Default Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G GS Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FFPts FFPts/G
2010 SD 12 10 157 675 4.3 7 26 22 145 6.6 0 124.0 10.3
2011 SD 14 13 222 1,091 4.9 6 59 50 455 9.1 0 190.6 13.6
2012 PHI 12 0 184 707 3.8 1 56 39 252 6.5 0 101.9 8.5
2012 (Projected) PHI     242 1,088 4.5 9   51 415 8.1 1 210.3  

2015 Outlook
Depth Chart
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, Le’Ron 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 teams’ 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.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 DeMarco Murray
RB2RB2 Ryan Mathews
RB3RB3 Darren Sproles
RB4RB4 Kenjon Barner
Eagles Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Murray doesn't expect to alternate series at RB     -- Thu Aug 27 4:45 pm --

Rushing champ claims Eagles' rotation hasn't been decided yet
On Tuesday, DeMarco Murray was asked how he expects the rotation to play out. Will the RBs alternate series? Will they spell one another during a drive? "I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said. "But [Ryan Mathews] is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it." Murray explained that against the Ravens, the Eagles were just trying to get all three top running backs time with the first-team offense. (CSN Philly)

FF Today's Take: It is almost inconceivable that Philadelphia hasn't discussed the backfield situation yet, but this week's dress-rehearsal preseason game should give us a clue into how HC Chip Kelly intends to utilize Murray, Mathews and Darren Sproles. One possible outcome could be that Murray starts and cedes one series per half and most early-down relief work to Mathews while Sproles handles most of the third down work. As such, Murray should probably be treated as a low-end RB1 at most.
Chip Kelly talks running back usage     -- Mon Aug 17 7:00 am --

"I wanted to have two running backs"
“I think there is a lot of validity to it,” he said. “But how do you manage him going into a season? Our plan all along was to get another running back with him (DeMarco Murray). I wanted to have two running backs, and that’s why we got Ryan Mathews. I don’t think you can have a guy carry it 370 to 400 times per season and be successful. We’re going to run it a lot—we always do—but we’ll have more than one guy doing it.” (SI.com)

FF Today's Take: Reading between the lines, Kelly is well aware of how a running back performs following a heavy-workload season and while Murray will be the lead back in the offense, he's going to use Mathews more than people might think. The Eagles run enough plays for Murray to be considered a RB1 even if he splits carries at a 70-30 clip with Mathews.

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