After the first preseason game, the Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills, on Monday. This marked the start of the football season and also was the first game for many players on their new teams. One of these aforementioned players is former Philadelphia Eagles, current Buffalo Bill running back Bryce Brown. Brown was traded by the Eagles in exchange for a 2015 fourth round pick (that can become a 2016 third rounder) in addition to moving up in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. This move thinned the very crowded Eagles backfield after the addition of former New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles. However a backfield containing Eagles running backs, Sproles, LeSean McCoy and Chris Polk leaves the Eagles without a strong goal line threat. Will the Eagles miss Bryce Brown?
At 6’0, Bryce Brown was easily the largest option the Eagles had last year. McCoy and Polk are each 5’11” and Sproles who replaced Brown this offseason is 5’6”. Brown gave the Eagles the classic goal line option, the guy that can use his size, strength, and explosiveness to get the last yard when your team is right against the goal line. Could McCoy or Polk carry the ball at the goal if they had too? Yes. Would they be as effective as a guy like Bryce Brown? Possibly. What I believe is the bottom line behind the Eagles moving on from Bryce Brown, is that with guys like Darren Sproles when you need one more yard you can throw the ball, or you can still run the ball with a slightly smaller guy. Another reason why it may work out that the Eagles no longer have Bryce Brown is that Brown has significant fumbling issues. When you have a guy that’s main job is fighting for one or two yards he needs to be able to hold onto the football extremely well.
A reason why the Eagles could miss Bryce Brown is this, Chris Polk is unproven. He showed some very promising traits last year, but he still needs to work on some things. If LeSean McCoy were to get hurt, a tag team of Darren Sproles and Chris Polk isn’t a dynamic enough of a run game. The addition of Bryce Brown would give the Eagles a backfield that is diverse and is extremely hard to prepare for.
So to answer the question at hand, no, I do not think the Eagles are going to miss Bryce Brown, I think they have a dynamic enough of a backfield they are not going to need Bryce Brown.