Thursday, June 12, 2014
Chris Polk earns praise for offseason work
By Andy Jasner
Chris Polk made the most of his playing time last season.
He was handed the ball 11 times and it turned into 98 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Not bad at all.
Polk is best remembered for a 38-yard scamper for a touchdown during the snowstorm and subsequent victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 14 at Lincoln Financial Field.
When asked about Polk’s production despite limited snaps, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn’t hesitate to praise his running back.
“He did [produce] and he's really had a great offseason,” Kelly told reporters on Tuesday. “He worked extremely hard rehabbing his shoulders but he was one of our key special-teams players for us and starting to you look at from probably the Detroit game on, he had a couple really big runs in that game and starting to develop as a back and just trying to figure it out again where he fits in that piece. Obviously we have a talented one in LeSean [McCoy], and then when you add [Darren] Sproles to the mix, where does Chris fit into it? But I think in terms of what has he done in the offseason, I think he's really put himself in the picture.”
Getting that experience last season gave Polk a huge lift.
“I definitely have a lot more confidence because reality is the best teacher,” Polk told Philadelphiaeagles.com. “Getting in the game, getting a feel for it, getting tackled, getting adjusted to the game speed -- that helps. Last year, I felt like I was walking on egg shells because I didn’t have a lot of experience. I was out there just wide-eyed, but now the game is starting to slow down for me. I’m learning a lot from Darren and Shady to take my game to the next level.”
Polk realizes he’s behind McCoy and Sproles on the depth chart. Matthew Tucker also is a young running back vying for playing time.
And Polk vows to do anything he can to contribute.
“We’re all just going out there and putting our best foot forward, and adding another great player [like Sproles] to our running back room, that just making everyone better,” Polk told Philadelphiaeagles.com. “I feel like I can be a great factor. We’ll see how things play out. We have Sproles, LeSean, myself, a couple of new guys and [Tucker]. The only thing that I can do is control what I can control, and that’s my effort, attitude and what I put on tape. If I do what I know I’m capable of, then I know I’ll be playing.”