The Philadelphia Eagles are in Indianapolis looking long and hard for a brand new running back to add to their roster.
The NFL Combine is just the first step to the Philadelphia Eagles many plans of the offseason. Although the NFL Draft is still about two months from now, it’s never too early for teams to start eyeing up their prospects and having verbal meetings with them. The Eagles front office and coaching staff will be busy this weekend meeting with many candidates that play all over the field, but so far this week they have had their eyes on some running backs.
The Eagles’ backfield hasn’t featured a bell-cow back since LeSean McCoy, and it’s unclear if it ever will again. After Howie Roseman’s press conference on Wednesday, the Eagles general manager couldn’t stress enough that the Eagles like being able to rotate guys in and out who are dual-threats for the offense. Although they have a couple of guys returning, it’s clear that the Eagles need to upgrade the running back position regardless. So once again, they will take a lot of time meeting with some of the top prospects in the draft. So far, they have made quite the list.
Who did the Eagles meet with already?
David Montgomery, Iowa State
David Montgomery ended up being one of the Eagles’ first official meetings. Although he’s projected to be a second-day selection, Montgomery could find himself drafted high in the second round. Unlike the Eagles prototype running back, Montgomery is very physical with the way he runs. He would be great in short yardage situations for the Eagles.
Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Whether you like it or not, Trayveon Williams seems right up the Eagles alley. An undersized five-foot-nine-inch 200-pound running back out of A&M. He’s not precisely bell-cow back material, but the Eagles love a good hybrid back. Right now, Williams is projected to be a fourth/fifth round target. According to Eliot Shorr-Parks, Williams’ stated that the Eagles are one of the teams that he’s heard from ‘the most.’
Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
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Before showing up in Indiana, Devin Singletary was already being linked to the Eagles as an NFL Draft Analyst dubbed him as a potential “LeSean McCoy 2.0.” If that doesn’t make you intrigued, then I don’t know what will. He’s a shifty back, who is small but can take on a nice workload. He may have to beef up a bit for the NFL, but he doesn’t need to be taught how to run tough.
Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Josh Jacobs is one of the popular backs coming into the draft. Being at Alabama automatically puts some juice to your stock, no matter what string you played. Although Bama backs tend to be a bit underwhelming in the NFL more often than not, it still doesn’t hurt to try and find the diamond in the rough. Jacobs’ is currently dealing with an injury, but it’s nothing significant. He could be the first back taken off the board in April.
Damien Harris, Alabama
Similar to Jacobs, Damien Harris has a ton of buzz around his name for his alma mater alone. Don’t sleep on his production though. Harris has the size, and the ability to be a playmaker for any NFL backfield that would be willing to draft him. Harris would probably cost a second-rounder if he’s not snagged on the first night of the draft already.
Bryce Love, Stanford
Bryce Love is currently nursing a torn ACL that he suffered recently. As he was very high on draft boards before the injury, we can only imagine his stock takes a bit of a hit. Drafting Love would be a similar situation to the Eagles snagging Sidney Jones in the second-round back in 2017.
Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
Similar to Bryce Love, Rodney Anderson suffered a knee injury. The difference with Anderson’s mishap is that his occurred early on in the season. Anderson is currently still healing, and he won’t do any workouts at the combine. However, he does have a meeting set up with the Eagles.
Dexter Williams, Notre Dame
Dexter Williams doesn’t have an impressive legacy that he left behind with the Fighting Irish during his four seasons at Notre Dame, but he does already have green hair. So, that’s got to count for something, right?
Miles Sanders, Penn State
Miles Sanders is no Saquon Barkley coming out of Penn State, but he did benefit from the former second-overall picks absence in 2018. With Barkley gone, Sanders finished up with 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns off of 220 attempts. Not bad.