Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Mathews was released by the Eagles today, after passing his physical. Mathews signed with the Eagles back in 2015, but was a backup to NFL rushing leader, DeMarco Murray until Week 3 of the regular season, when Murray suffered a hamstring injury. He was the starter until suffering from a herniated disk in Week 16 of the 2016 season and was placed on the injured reserve.
Mathews was drafted with the 12th overall pick by the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers from Fresno State. He struggled in his rookie season but rebounded by being named to a Pro Bowl the following season (2011). In 2012, Mathews suffered two injuries. In 2013, Mathews had six 100-yard games, leading the NFL. He also set a career high of 1255 yards that season. The following season, Mathews missed 7 games due to a torn MCL.
In his 7 season career, Mathews has cumulated 5261 yards with 1183 attempts and 37 touchdowns. He’s also had 179 receptions for 1371 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, Mathews has also been prone to fumbling the ball, with 22 career fumbles.
Mathews is very injury prone and his health may be a big factor in whether another NFL team is willing to sign him. At 29, he’s also aging which may also play a factor on whether he’s with a team next season. I wish Mathews the best of luck in his future and appreciates all of the hard work he’s put in for the Eagles.
By: Jacky Chen