Monday, March 28, 2011
Breaking down the RBs: Eagles
By Matt Williamson
Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson examines the running backs of each NFC East team. Today: Philadelphia Eagles.
As I alluded to in my “Soon to be Stars” piece not long ago, LeSean McCoy is becoming a truly great player. Having Michael Vick in the backfield helps any running back, and the Eagles’ run blocking is much better than many realize, but McCoy brings a ton to the table. He understands what it takes to be a running back in the NFL and isn’t always looking for the big play. His elusiveness, vision and burst are among the best in the league. His receiving abilities soon should be as good as just about anyone, which is important in Andy Reid’s pass-first attack.
I'm a big fan of McCoy, but he isn’t the biggest guy around, and having a quality backup should be very important for the Eagles. During the 2010 season, Philadelphia did trade for Jerome Harrison, who is now set to become a free agent. Harrison would be an excellent backup for McCoy, and bringing him back makes a lot of sense. But maybe Philadelphia decides to complement McCoy with a bigger, bruising runner who could also be helpful in short-yardage situations.
The Eagles could go a different direction and tap into a very deep running back class in this draft. There aren't a lot of big bruiser types in this draft, but there are plenty of options. As the draft goes along, running backs in general could become excellent value selections in the middle rounds.
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