Philadelphia Eagles: Boston Scott’s job should be far from safe for 2020

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Boston Scott is currently listed as the No. 2 running back on the depth chart for the Philadelphia Eagles entering the 2020 season.

Last season was filled with plenty of surprises for the Philadelphia Eagles when it came to impact players, and right near the top of the list was Boston Scott, who stepped up on offense with the team dealing with unfortunate injuries at running back.

While Miles Sanders ended the year as the top running back on offense, the argument can be made that without Scott, there’s no way the Eagles would have won the NFC East for the second time in three seasons.

From finishing with 128 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in Week 13 against the New York Giants to finding the end zone three times a few weeks later against the same team, Scott certainly took advantage of the unexpected playing time late in 2019.

As a result, is currently listed as the No. 2 running back for the Eagles at the moment on the depth chart behind Sanders with the hope of playing a significant role on offense during the 2020 season.

Obviously, Philadelphia has plenty of reasons to feel confident in Scott being able to handle new responsibilities since the offseason will give him plenty of time to prepare for the new role.

But also, just because the Eagles feel confident in Scott being the answer at the moment doesn’t necessarily mean he is guaranteed to hang on to the role since plenty could change from now until September.

For example, with the upcoming NFL Draft set to take place in less than three weeks, there’s a chance that Philadelphia will be exploring potential running back options to bring on board in the later rounds, just to provide extra depth at the position.

The Eagles clearly didn’t find it necessary to sign one of the available running backs in free agency, but from their perspective, the draft seems like the much better and cheaper option.

Philadelphia would clearly love nothing more than to see Scott live up to the hype of being the No. 2 running back the Eagles need on offense to put the team in better position to repeat as division champions in 2020.

However, Scott hopefully realizes there are no guarantees when it comes to secure jobs at the NFL level, and the possibility of Philadelphia using the upcoming draft to add another running back seems likely.

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So while Scott’s job as the backup running back behind Sanders seems safe for now, plenty could still change over the next few months while the Eagles continue to prepare for the upcoming season in 2020.