Heading into last Monday night, Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown had not started a football game since 2008, when he was a senior in high school. Yes, that’s right, high school.
Brown was a household name coming out of high school, and was said by some to be the biggest running back prospect coming out of Kansas since Barry Sanders. Unfortunately, Brown was tangled up in scandals regarding “improper benefits” in college, and served as a backup at the University of Tennessee before following his brother to Kansas State University, where he eventually quit the team.
The Eagles’ organization never forgot about Brown’s prospected greatness and his incredible natural talent, as they drafted him in the 7th round of this year’s 2012 NFL Draft.
Well, bravo, Eagles. Bravo.
Brown went off against the Carolina Panthers in Monday’s Week 12 match-up, racking up a beautiful 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 attempts in his first NFL start. Brown was also lightly involved in the passing game, catching four balls for 11 yards.
Brown ran for more yards against the Panthers alone than he had all season long, as he only tallied 141 total rushing yards on 32 carries in his first 10 games.
The starting nod was given to Brown this week after Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy went down with a concussion in Week 11 last Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
Brown was not completely immune to criticism following the Eagles’ 22-30 Monday night loss, as the rookie lost two fumbles in the contest which proved to be very costly. But in reality, without Brown’s offensive explosion, the Eagles wouldn’t have even been in contention to win the game with the seemingly awful quarterback Nick Foles at the helm.
It looks like Brown is in line for another start on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, while McCoy has not been cleared to play since his concussion and is listed as doubtful as of now.
Even though McCoy will likely still be sidelined, quarterback Michael Vick has a good chance at playing this week. Vick sat out the past two weeks after also suffering a concussion, which came in the Eagles’ first match-up with the Cowboys in Week 10. And considering how dreadful Foles has looked so far, the Eagles should get Vick back on the field whenever he is ready.
In the midst of a seven-game losing streak, the Eagles are looking for anything to revamp this stagnant offense.
So being that McCoy has struggled to produce this season even when healthy, maybe Brown is just the spark that the Eagles have been looking for.
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