- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Philadelphia Eagles have much work to do on their roster for 2013. Heck, you might not recognize the defense at all. But one spot at which they appear to be completely set for the short term and the long term is at running back, as Zach Berman writes:
No position appears in better shape for the Eagles than running back, where LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown are valuable pieces. McCoy is a Pro Bowler whose 2012 production was limited by injury, but he’ll be 25 next season and remains a cornerstone player for the Eagles. His versatility would also be valuable in Kelly’s system.
Brown needs to improve his ball security during the offseason, but his combination of size and speed were apparent, and his 4.9 yards per carry were impressive. Plus, he’ll be 22 next season and will be both developing and affordable.
The speed and big-play potential of both of these very young backs were probably big selling points for new coach Chip Kelly, who's smart enough to know he should lean on them heavily as he designs his offense at the NFL level. He has good speed and talent at wide receiver, and if the offensive line gets healthy he knows it's a good run-blocking unit. He also doesn't know yet who his quarterback is going to be, and he's not likely to find a perfect solution there. If smart coaches coach to their personnel, and if Kelly's as smart a coach as we've been led to believe he is, then the run game should be a huge part of what the Eagles do in 2013.