Could Shaun Bradley’s role increase for a Philadelphia Eagles run?

Alex Singleton #49, Shaun Bradley #54, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Alex Singleton #49, Shaun Bradley #54, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

Shaun Bradley could get more snaps for the Philadelphia Eagles going forward.

It’s no secret the Cleveland Browns and some of the teams the Philadelphia Eagles are facing down the stretch are strong on the offensive side of the ball. The Browns have one of the best running back duos in the league with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. They’re also running behind a much-improved offensive line and a strong fullback in Andy Janovich. That’s a good thing for them and a matchup nightmare for Philly’s run defense.

The linebacker position specifically has been a major issue. It’s improved with the performances of Alex Singleton and T.J. Edwards in recent weeks. Despite that, there’s still plenty of work left to do. One of the major struggles of this linebacker core is getting off of blocks. They know their gap responsibilities and shoot the gap well. However, they got boxed up easily when offensive lineman, fullbacks, or tight ends get to them.

Let’s talk about what’s ahead for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cleveland gets to the second level on run plays and get the play action going. Out of 12 personnel, the Browns average 5.7 yards per run and 7.7 yards per pass. When they go with 13 personnel, they average 6.8 yards per run and 7.5 yards per pass. With two running backs sets, they average four yards per carry. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski loves to go with heavy formations. Watch for guys like Janovich and tight end Austin Hooper to get to the second level. In addition, the interior offensive line with J.C. Tretter, Wyatt Teller, and Joel Bitonio enforces their will.

Philly needs a strong linebacker like Shaun Bradley to get involved and stuff the run. He’s not easy to maintain a block on. Versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, he stuffed James Conner at the goal line. Whenever he’s in the game, he tends to make big plays.

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The Eagles cannot afford to put Duke Riley out there in this game with the Browns run blocking scheme. It’ll be a long day if they do. It’d be smart to give the big guy Bradley a chance to shine in this one and more of a chance to shine down the stretch of 2020’s season.