Here’s the thing about the Green Bay Packers. No matter what happens on the ground they know they have one of the best arms in the league in Aaron Rodgers. However, imagine how dangerous the Packers can be if they can find a solid running back. Well, just so happens that the Philadelphia Eagles has one available in Ryan Mathews.
Mathews came to the Eagles during the Chip Kelly era in a bold attempt to corner the market on backs. But it didn’t play out the way Kelly envisioned for Mathews, DeMarco Murray or himself. While Ryan stayed with the team, his production seems to have left with Kelly.
In 2016, Mathews rushed for 661 yards with eight touchdowns as he split time in a three-headed backfield. While his time in a Philly may have come to an end due to the signing of LeGarrette Blount, that doesn’t mean his career is over despite his current neck injury.
What makes Mathews such a good fit for the Packers is his ability to be two different players on the same drive.
The Packers are built around the arm of Rodgers and that should suit Mathews just fine. Gone are the days of him being viewed as a three down, 250 carry player. What he will provide the Packers with is a back who can get between the tackles, around the corners then catch the ball out the backfield if need be.
While most teams are looking to run the ball any chance they can, the Packers best option is to continue to do what they do best– trust in Rodgers.
By adding Mathews to the mix, it will give Rodgers another weapon he can use out the backfield. During his career that started in San Diego with Philip Rivers, Mathews managed to catch 179 passes for 1371 yards and three touchdowns. The Packers still have Ty Montgomery but they will need that veteran presence when playoff time rolls around. There will be no need to spend a heavy amount of cash for Mathews either so this should be a no-brainer for the Packers brain trust.