The Philadelphia Eagles have yet, to establish a run game in 2018. Is it finally time for the team to start feeding Josh Adams?
Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles had a backfield full of hungry players who were willing to work as much as possible, while also sharing the carries. LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, and even Kenjon Barner all got their fair share of work out of the backfield. This season though, it’s a different story. Ajayi is hurt, Clement is in a slump, Wendell Smallwood is what he is, and Josh Adams can’t seem to be trusted.
Is Adams’ lack of trust all because he’s an undrafted rookie? We will never honestly know. But when a running back can average 5.7 yards-per-carry and over six yards-per-carry in the last two games, you should probably keep giving him the ball. Unfortunately, Doug Pederson is not too fond of the run game this year. And a coach who once made decisions based off of analytics doesn’t seem to want to listen to the numbers this time around.
Will Josh Adams be the future of the Eagles backfield? It’s too early to tell. But the fact that he isn’t getting a decent amount of carries is puzzling. The offensive line may struggle to protect the passing game, but their run blocking has been solid. The lanes are open when the Eagles are running, so why aren’t they running? Why is Carson Wentz throwing around 38 times a game? The Eagles offense has become one-dimensional, and it’s killing them.
Will this change?
After Sunday’s loss against the Dallas Cowboys, Pederson expected the same kind of criticism towards his offensive decisions that he’s heard all season long. At first, everybody seemed to be blowing everything way out of proportion. But at this point, it’s clear that the Eagles lack of creativity and balance on the offense is killing all of their momenta.
Naturally, the media wanted answers from Pederson. Why isn’t Josh Adams getting more carries when he’s able to churn out a nice chunk of yards when he touches the ball? Coach Pederson didn’t have any answers, but he vows to give Adams’ more carries moving forward.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Zach Berman, Doug Pederson plainly said that Josh Adams would get more carries starting next week. Do we believe him? No, not yet. But at least Pederson is acknowledging that his young running back is willing and able to get the job done when called upon. We can point fingers at the players all we want, but the coaches are at just as much fault if not, more than the players are at this point.