This should look familiar to Philadelphia Eagles fans.
The signing of Michael Warren is similar to two previous signings the Eagles have made in recent years.
In 2017, the Eagles signed Corey Clement from Wisconsin. Clement was listed at five-foot-ten and 220 pounds with 30.5-inch arms. While Clement wasn’t exclusively a power back in college like Warren was, he certainly had that aspect to his game and ran with a certain tenacity.
In 2018, the Eagles signed Josh Adams from Notre Dame. Adams was a little taller than Warren, standing at six-foot-two, but he was also 213 pounds with 33.25-inch arms. Adams and Warren were cut from the same mold. They are also similar in the sense that, as they got more carries, they gained momentum as games went on.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Warren was listed five-foot-nine and 226 pounds with 29.5-inch arms if anyone needs a comparison. Clement had a few setbacks including an injury and sitting behind Melvin Gordon for a few years at Wisconsin, but he still had impressive numbers. He finished his career with 576 carries, 5.4 yards per carry, 3,371 scrimmage yards, and 38 touchdowns from scrimmage over the course of 39 games.
Adams saw extensive playing time during his collegiate career but only played for three years, much like Warren. He left Notre Dame with 480 carries, a 6.7 yards-per-carry average, 3,537 total scrimmage yards, and 22 touchdowns from scrimmage.
Warren wrapped up his time at Cincinnati with 559 carries, 5.2 yards per carry, 3,360 scrimmage yards, and 37 touchdowns. Those numbers are a little closer to Clement’s than Adams, but the bottom line is this. Warren’s playing style is familiar.
Both Clement and Adams have been key, Clement during a Super Bowl run and Adams as the starting running back for most of 2018. If all goes well, Warren could follow in one or both of their footsteps.
While he probably won’t get the same number of carries as he did in college, he could be a short-yardage back for Philly. Recent history points to him getting a fair amount of opportunities. Josh Adams didn’t make the team initially but wound up starting due to injuries at the running back position. Warren is definitely worth an extensive look this preseason and should be kept around on the practice squad if he doesn’t make the cut for the roster.