Could the Philadelphia Eagles finally find the running back that they have been searching for since the day they traded away LeSean McCoy?
One of the saddest days in recent history for the Philadelphia Eagles had to be when Chip Kelly went awol and traded away running back, LeSean McCoy. When the head coach/general manager decided to send McCoy packing for an injury-prone, undersized linebacker, the backfield would never be the same. To this day we’re still not sure what Chip Kelly was thinking, but apparently McCoy’s contract was too problematic for his ‘down season’ in 2014.
In case you need a refresher, McCoy rushed for 1,319 yards, and five touchdowns that season. Since then, not a single running back has exceeded 1,000 yards in a season. It’s clear the Eagles obviously need to fill that void, and they even considered doing it by bringing McCoy back into the picture last season. But with McCoy turning 31-years-old in July, it’s not really worth spending a draft pick for him during this offseason. Therefore, the Eagles are still on the hunt.
The good news is that there are quite a few running backs in this year’s draft that could be of great value for the Birds beyond round one. The bad news though, is that we’re not sure if we trust Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas’ judgment of selecting a running back.
So far they have gotten decent value for two undrafted guys, but their selection of Donnel Pumphrey two years ago turned out to be a major flop. If we look to the outside sources though, which running back could fit onto the Eagles roster? NFL Network Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah has come up with what he calls ‘LeSean McCoy 2.0‘ and now we’re intrigued.
Who should the Eagles have their eyes on?
"LeSean McCoy 2.0 in Philadelphia? Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary has some McCoy in his game, per Jeremiah, and would settle nicely into the Eagles’ offense. Memphis RB Darrell Henderson has big-play ability and would look good in midnight green as well — and neither would demand a first-round selection."
So, Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary is who we should have our eyes on? That’s Shady 2.0? Looking at the numbers alone, his production is quite impressive. He’s spent three years at FAU, and has exceeded over 1,000 yards in each season. Most recently, Singletary finished with 1,348 yards and an outstanding 22 touchdowns in just 12 games.
During Singletary’s three years in the NCAA, he has averaged six-yards-per-carry. Granted, the competition at FAU may not be considered the cream of the crop in the NCAA, but his production there regardless is mind-blowing in a sense.
If the Eagles can get Singletary on the second day, similar to McCoy, then we could be looking at a bright future for the Eagles backfield. However, just because Singletary got a raving review with a McCoy comparison, doesn’t mean he’s a lock to be the next Shady. So let’s keep realities in check, and consider Singletary to be on the Eagles radar at this point as the combine approaches.