Philadelphia Eagles: Boston Scott could be next Darren Sproles on offense
By Dan Parzych
If the Philadelphia Eagles are looking for their Darren Sproles of the future, they may have an answer in Boston Scott.
To say the Philadelphia Eagles have been dealing with all sorts of injuries on offense throughout the 2019 season would be a huge understatement, but at least players like Boston Scott give fans better hope for the final stretch.
As crazy as it is to believe after 13 games with the way things have been at times, the Eagles are still alive in the hunt for the NFC East title, as Monday’s win over the New York Giants resulted in Philadelphia having the same record as the Dallas Cowboys entering Week 15.
Plenty could happen from now until the end of December, and Monday’s game certainly didn’t give the fan base the most confidence in the world over the team’s chances to compete, but all that matters is the Eagles are still alive.
Numerous players deserve credit for stepping up in Week 14 when Philadelphia needed help the most, and there’s no question Scott deserves to be near the top of that list after putting together the best performance of his young career to help defeat New York.
Not only did Scott lead the way in the ground game by finishing with 59 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, but the Louisiana Tech product also came up big in the passing game by catching six passes for 69 yards.
One performance certainly doesn’t guarantee that Scott will be a key member of the offense moving forward, but the running back’s performance against the Giants showed similar signs of a familiar face in Darren Sproles.
When healthy and on top of his game, Sproles was always considered a legitimate threat for Philadelphia, especially since he could be used in multiple ways, whether it was on offense or simply special teams as a returner.
Since the veteran has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, it seems like only a matter of time before the Eagles finally move on from Sproles, and while Miles Sanders is currently the only guaranteed running back to return in 2020, Scott is making a strong case as of late.
Knowing Doug Pederson, the Philadelphia head coach will continue to use Scott as much as possible over these final three games along with Sanders and Jay Ajayi since Jordan Howard‘s shoulder doesn’t appear to be getting better anytime soon.
Drawing comparisons to potential future Hall of Famer in Sproles sounds like a bit much this early in Scott’s career since he hasn’t seen much experience over the last two years.
But if this turns out to be the case, Scott will certainly put the Eagles in much better position at running back beyond the 2019 season, which would also be one less thing to worry about in regards to the future on offense.