January 10, 2014

Stay Or Go: Eagles Running Backs.

The Eagles under Chip Kelly racked up a lot of yards on the ground and broke many of the Eagles scoring and yards records. It’s hard to imagine a team with so many rushing yards still being so low in time of possession, but that is one of the pros and cons of a Chip Kelly offense. The player’s names are in alphabetical order.

Bryce Brown STAY: In the beginning of the season Bryce seemed to be ill suited for this offense. His constant need to bounce everything to the outside just didn’t fit. His play would often cause 2nd and long situations, but nearing the end of the season Brown seemed to turn things around and became an effective runner again. An added bonus he didn’t fumble once all season. His blocking and pass catching have also improved. Not bad for a seventh round pickup.

LeSean McCoy STAY: The record setting rushing champ wasn’t too thrilled with his offense after the loss to the Saints and good on him. He’s a leader on this team now and he needs to step up and be more vocal. The team will need him to be better than he was last season in order to take the next step. His touchdown numbers were solid, but need to improve. His short yardage running also could use some improvement. As complete backs go the Eagles have one of the best rushing, blocking, and pass catchers in the league.

Cris Polk STAY: He gives the Eagles a viable power back to go with Shady and Brown. Between the three the Eagles have the shifty speedy McCoy, the blend of both worlds in Brown, and the straight ahead power in Polk. Polk probably fits this offense better than the other two backs, as he’s less likely to lose yards trying to dance around defenders. His biggest concern will always be his health, which will limit the amount of touches he can get. Polk has done enough to maintain a position on this roster and should be back next season.

Tucker Mathew STAY: Not much to be said here. Somehow he got into two games for the Eagles and didn’t do much. He’s likely to be outplayed by someone trying to make the roster during training camp. For now he stays thanks to an okay preseason performance.

Between quarterback and running back the Eagles have done a lot with little as McCoy is the highest drafted player in the bunch as a 2nd round pick. The Eagles could draft another player here if they chose to (perhaps a return specialist), but they don’t need to because they seem to have all phases of the run game locked up between the three guys on the roster who play. Not to mention the fact they are all still very young.


  • Shady stay
    Brown stay or go
    Polk stay
    Tucker go

    If we can trade brown for a third round pick I'm all for it. I might even take a fourth. He's gonna have to be paid sometime and he can play so he will get the offer somewhere else.
  • With the value of the running back so low in the NFL now I doubt anyone gives up even a 4th for him. Even the Saints have shown that value can be had at the running back position without even using the draft. The only possible chance would be someone who used to be part of the organization familiar with him. Even then a 4th seems high.
  • Raiders need a new running back. So it could happen. So do the browns. I doubt we keep him once his contract is up cause he has talent and another team is willing to pay.
  • Cheap azz Banner won't pay extra for anything. The Raiders are dumb enough to give up at least a second for just about any player that's true. Especially since they could be the worst drafting football team over the past 15 years. Brown is locked up till 2016 so I wouldn't unload him this year unless I got an offer for at least a 3rd, because right now he costs us virtually nothing to keep.
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