Unlike the quarterback position, the fight to become the Philadelphia Eagles starting running back is more certain. The Eagles have one of the most explosive running backs in the league — one year removed from a 17 touchdown performance. Under Reid and Mornhinweg, the Eagles offense didn’t run very much at all — even though they had a top notch running back.
Sometimes, it appeared that the Eagles coaches forgot that running the ball was a legal play.
Under Chip Kelly, the Eagles offense will have a more balanced approach, which bodes well for the Eagles because, as they found out at the end of last year, they possess two very talented running backs who can carry the load for the team.
So, with out further adieu, here is my prediction for who will remain in the Eagles backfield come Week 1.
LeSean McCoy-Starter: McCoy is with out a doubt, the best player on the Eagles offense and his freakish athleticism will be utilized in Coach Kelly’s offense. Kelly likes to get his playmakers into space and he runs a bunch of screen plays, all of which fit what McCoy does best.
McCoy is one of — if not the most — agile runners in the NFL and has top notch speed to out run defenders. McCoy only needs a little bit of space to hit a home run and is bound for a career year in Coach Kelly’s highly potent offense.
Bryce Brown-second String: Brown showed himself as a very good running back when he was given the chance to play after McCoy’s concussion. Before last year, Brown hadn’t started a football game since High School — a reason why he dropped to the seventh round.
Brown has the ability to run up the gut of the defense and he possesses the speed to break a play to the outside. He will see a good amount of carries this year as long as he can fix his fumbling issues.
Felix Jones-third String, Chris Polk-Practice Squad: This is the only unknown at this position heading into training camp. Jones is a seasoned veteran, who has had his ups and downs, but gives the Eagles more experience at the position.
Polk gives the Eagles another young body who can be used as a change of pace back. I fully expect this battle to go down to the wire. It will be up to Coach Kelly to decide what qualities he wants his third-string running back to possess heading into Week 1.