Do the Philadelphia Eagles need to upgrade their backfield this year during the 2019 NFL Draft?
Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense was far from the force it was in 2017. They were being forced into more three-and-outs, there was less scoring, more mistakes were being made often, and there wasn’t a single unit on the team that made it obvious that they were the problem all year long. However, it was obvious that the backfield could’ve been the difference-maker.
Back in 17′, the Eagles had the number two rushing unit in the league. Veterans like LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi were a lethal one-two punch supported by an emerging rookie in Corey Clement. The following season wouldn’t be the same though.
That emerging rookie eventually hit a Sophomore slump. Ajayi would suffer a back injury, followed by a knee injury before being placed on the injured reserve. Blount became the one that got away and the guys that the Eagles trotted out there on gameday just did not live up to expectations.
One year after finishing second overall in the league for rushing, the Eagles then placed 28th out of 32. We can say running backs don’t matter all we want, but that just isn’t the truth. Now the Eagles might not need a bell-cow back, but their committee needs to be much better than it was in 2018. So far, the Eagles are off to a solid start fixing it up, but are they stable enough to avoid drafting a running back in this year’s draft? Let’s review the backfield situation.