Philadelphia Eagles: 4 Ideas to improve their red zone offense

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3. The Philadelphia Eagles need to capitalize on each running backs’ strength.

This year, Philly made Miles Sanders the bell cow which he certainly earned. It’s important to develop your second-round running back as ‘the guy’ but when he comes off of the field, there needs to be some help.

It seems that Boston Scott and Corey Clement have done well when they’ve gotten in a rhythm with more touches throughout their careers. The point being, both of them are a change of pace backs though and they aren’t going to get those touches that they need to get in that rhythm. Scott has only done it against the Giants and Clement has declined after multiple injuries in the past few seasons.

Scott has shown that he can hit the hole and make a move when put in a position to succeed. Versus the Giants last week, Pederson finally went back to using him the same way that he did at the end of the 2019 season. While the offensive line wasn’t great in pass protection, they did help Scott by creating holes that weren’t really there for him the past six weeks. That was nice to see but it still feels like Philly is missing that bulldozer in the running back room.

Elijah Holyfield is still on the practice squad and is known for his pass protection which is sorely needed at the moment with Sanders sidelined. Training camp running back Michael Warren is a free agent after being released from the practice squad in late September.

Lance Zierlein wrote before the draft that Warren “treats interior tacklers like bumper cars” and with how Philly has struggled in short-yardage situations, they could use that. The quarterback sneak with Wentz just isn’t working with this shuffling offensive line and defenses keying in on it.