After finishing his rookie year with 564 rushing yards, Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown has somewhat hit the sophomore wall this season. After averaging 4.9 yards per carry last year, Brown’s current YPC average is just 3.1 yards as he’s struggling to take advantage of his limited opportunities. But according to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, it’s more about the health of his starting running back than Browns slip ups.
“I think Bryce is doing a really good job when called upon. I think the difference between this year and last year is that ‘25’ (LeSean McCoy) is healthy so a lot of times where Bryce ran for 170 in one game, well, because LeSean didn’t play in that game. When you’ve got health, then the guys that are the number two are not going to get as many reps. But I think he’s had some big plays for us when we’ve called upon him. I think when he has a limited amount of carries like he has, when he does slip, I think it’s over-amplified. If he had 20 carries in a game and slipped on one, you don’t really talk about the slip. When he has three carries in the game, and slips on one, you kind of think about the slip. I think it’s more his numbers are not what they were a year ago but I think it’s because we are healthy at the other spots.”
Brown will only be truly put to the test if McCoy goes down this season. Therefore, all Eagles fans should hope it doesn’t come to that as LeSean has been the best running back in the NFL this season and a big reason Philadelphia is still in the playoff hunt.