The Philadelphia Eagles’ backfield will grow even more inexperienced this Monday night against the Carolina Panthers, as rookie RB Bryce Brown will now be starting alongside fellow rookie, QB Nick Foles.
Foles manned the starting QB position in the Eagles’ last contest against the Washington Redskins in place of Michael Vick, who suffered a concussion the week prior. Foles was completely ineffective, converting on just 21 of 46 passes for 204 yards, with zero touchdowns and two interceptions.
But it only got worse for the Eagles, as starting RB LeSean McCoy also went down with a concussion in the final minutes of the 31-6 loss to the Redskins.
The Philadelphia Inquirer has now reported that McCoy will miss the Eagles’ Week 12 match-up against the Panthers, and Brown will get the starting nod. Vick has also been ruled out, so Foles will be the lead signal-caller once again.
Now under the watchful-eye of Monday Night Football, the Eagles will have two completely unproven rookies taking control of the team’s already struggling backfield.
Fortunately for the youngsters, the Eagles’ offense will be facing a less than stellar defensive unit, as the Panthers are ranked 18th in the NFL, giving up a total of 350.7 yards per game.
While Brown will be handling the bulk of the carries for the Eagles, look for RB Dion Lewis to steal some touches here and there. Lewis may also get some opportunities as a third-down back because of his speed and elusiveness. Lewis has yet to record a carry or catch this season.
The Eagles may not be short-handed for much longer, as Vick has progressed to Phase 2 of his concussion recovery and could possibly return next week.
At the same time, it has not yet been determined if Foles will still remain the Eagles’ starting QB when Vick is healthy and able to compete.
With only 3 wins on the year, the Eagles could very likely be planning for the future at this point.
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