Ryan Mathews earning rave reviews from coaches

Mathews shines again in preseason: Pretty much everyone agreed that this was going to be a make-or-break season for Ryan Mathews. So far, the running back is making the most of his opportunity. In his first two preseason games, Mathews has averaged 5.3 yards per carry. But more importantly, he looks much more confident than in seasons past. From the looks of things, new head coach Mike McCoy is going to give Mathews every chance to be San Diego’s featured back. For our tastes, Mathews’ history of injury and lost fumbles still makes him a risky proposition, but if he can continue to run the way he has in the preseason, he could end up as a late round bargain in plenty of fantasy football leagues.

Vick taking control in Philly: Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has been coy about who will be his starting quarterback in Week 1 of the regular season, but judging strictly by play on the field, Michael Vick looks to be widening the gap between himself and Nick Foles. While Foles hasn’t been terrible, Vick has been about as good as can be through the first two preseason games. The assumption from the moment the veteran re-signed with the Eagles was that he would be Kelly’s starter. Through all of the hubbub about others that could take the job, it looks like things will end up the way most of us expected.

White injures ankle: Certainly plenty of people took notice when Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White left Thursday’s game with an ankle injury. The good news is that it doesn’t appear to be serious. Exhale, fantasy owners. White will once again be one of the first receivers off the board in most fantasy drafts and — barring any unforeseen circumstances — should end the 2013 season challenging to be in the top 10 at his position.

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