Philadelphia Eagles: Expect a bigger workload for Corey Clement
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson stated on Wednesday that Corey Clement was a ‘full go’ for Thursday night’s game versus the New York Giants. Expect him to get a pretty nice sized workload.
Yep, you heard it right. Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement will have no limitations on Thursday night when the ‘Birds’ meet the New York Giants. We’ll discuss that more in detail in a second. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, however, let’s get you caught up.
With it being a short week for the Eagles, every part of the work week seems as though it’s occurring a little earlier than it normally would, and it is honestly. Coach Doug Pederson‘s final presser of the week came early on Wednesday morning.
Even if you weren’t there, you could probably guess what the hot topics were, can’t you? Here’s one. What’s Philly’s status at running back?
That one led to some good news. According to the head coach, again, Corey Clement is a ‘full go’ for Thursday night.
Here’s the ‘skinny’.
The Eagles, as you all know, have lost Jay Ajayi for the season. It’s still hard to imagine anyone playing with a torn ACL and broken bones in his back, but hey.
Darren Sproles still looks as though he’ll be absent, so here’s what that tells us. Clement, Wendell Smallwood, and Josh Adams are, at this point, Pederson’s and Duce Staley‘s options in the backfield.
It’s beginning to look more and more like the Le’Veon Bell rumors were just that, rumors. So far, Philly hasn’t shown any real interest in him or anyone else.
Keep this in mind as well. Despite the fact that Fletcher Cox‘s deal has been restructured to free up $6 million in spending money, that doesn’t mean Philly will use that money to go on a shopping spree now.
Clement, no doubt, starts on Thursday night and gets the bulk of the workload in the Eagles’ backfield. We can probably expect him to get a few short passes, or long hand-offs, thrown in his direction too.
Here’s a quote, courtesy of the team’s official website:
"I think, whenever you come into a business like this, you’ve got to expect it. You’ve got to expect a heavy workload. Even if it’s not your first year, it may hit you on your second which looks like it’s doing it with me. I get to share with Wendell (Smallwood) and Josh Adams. Yes, we do have a young group, but it doesn’t (account) for the fact that we’re led by a great coach, Duce Staley, here in our running back room."
To make long stories short, all of this should help both the ground game and Carson Wentz in the passing game as well.