By Anthony Caruso III
The Philadelphia Eagles finally have Ryan Mathews as their clear-cut starting running back this season. Last season, Mathews was a better back in former head coach Chip Kelly’s system.
Now, head coach Doug Pederson is in charge — but Mathews has been placed on the active/NFI list with an ankle injury to begin the team’s training camp. He reportedly suffered the injury last week in San Diego.
Right now, there’s nothing to indicate that this is a serious injury. This is another injury for the often-injured back.
With Mathews missing time in camp, Darren Sproles and rookie Wendell Smallwood are expected to receive the majority of the snaps.
Under Kelly, the 28-year-old had a 107 carries for 539 yards and six touchdowns. Those were the most since his 2013 season with the Chargers when he had 1,255 yards, the most of his career in a season.
This will be his first opportunity being the featured back again since when he was with the Chargers.