In analyzing the Philadelphia Eagles cut down moves this afternoon, I just have to say, “That’s not all folks”. Believing the Eagles are going into the season opener with just three (3) running backs is not a feasible proposition. Considering two (2) of them are nursing injuries (LeSean McCoy and Chris Polk) and the third one (Darren Sproles) is really not a full-time running back (sorry Chip Kelly).
With four (4) tight ends (including Trey Burton) and three (3) quarterbacks (including Matt Barkley) among the current 53 man roster, it would appear these may be the areas the Eagles may look at swapping out for added running back help before the dust settles. The sticky issue is that the Eagles view Burton and Barkley as key potential 2015 contributors, when players ahead of them now may not be on the roster next year.
Unfortunately, the Eagles cut UDFA runners Henry Josey and Matthew Tucker, both of whom showed significant promise in camp and in preseason games. Perhaps Coach Kelly thinks one of them will make it past waiver claims, and can return to the active roster. Or perhaps another running back cut this afternoon from other teams may be in their sights.
Two (2) that come to mind are Dion Lewis, released today by the Cleveland Browns and Ryan Williams, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, and released today in cut downs from the Dallas Cowboys. Both have shown promise, and are likely candidates to be picked up by an NFL team soon.