What’s Warren’s role with the Philadelphia Eagles?
While the production is there, so is the skill. Go and watch Warren’s film, and you’ll see a bulldozer who hits the hole and never stops churning his legs. As NFL.Com’s Lance Zierlein puts it, he “treats interior tacklers like bumper cars”. Sure, you can argue that he’s a one dimensional back. He really just hits the hole inside and gets as many yards after contact as he can.
There is plenty of work that needs to be put in with pass protection. He also isn’t going to kill defenses with his lateral quickness. He’s the definition of a north to south running back.
With Doug Pederson’s scheme and Duce Staley’s usage of a running back committee, Warren could certainly have a role. He took most of his snaps out of shotgun last year and Eagles’ fans know how much Doug likes to go out of shotgun. The league, in general, is trending towards more snaps in shotgun formation.
If he makes the team, he’ll be the fourth option and won’t need to be an elite pass protector or an all-around back. He can be a solid role player as a power back. Plus, Miles Sanders struggled early on with pass protection and vision and then was a rookie of the year candidate by the end of the year.