Following two incredibly impressive prime-time performances over the past two weekends, Philadelphia Eagles rookie RB Bryce Brown has become an attractive trade target.
With Eagles RB LeSean McCoy firmly positioned as the team’s franchise tailback for years to come, having a talent like Brown on your bench is wasteful.
Brown was chosen in the 7th round of this year’s 2012 NFL Draft by the Eagles after playing for short stints at the University of Tennessee and Kansas State University. He was a backup his freshman year at Tennessee and then left the Kansas State program early in the season after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Many NFL organizations have not forgotten about how much of a phenom Brown was when he was coming out of high school. If it wasn’t for a controversy-riddled, almost non-existent college career, Brown could have easily been a high first-round draft pick.
After producing very minimally as McCoy’s backup during the first 10 games of the season, Brown exploded in his first career start against the Carolina Panthers in a Week 12 Monday night match-up. The rookie racked up 178 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Brown received the start due to the fact that McCoy sustained a concussion in the final minutes of the Eagles’ Week 11 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Following his 178-yard rampage against the Panthers, everybody assumed that Brown would come back to reality a little bit against a respectable Dallas Cowboys defense this past Sunday night.
Brown lit up the Cowboys’ defensive unit, rumbling for 169 yards on 24 carries with two more touchdowns. Both of Brown’s scores came in the first half of the NFC East rivalry as he battled head-to-head with Cowboys young stud RB DeMarco Murray.
Now the question is, what should the Eagles do with Brown now that he has proven to be a legitimate threat in the running game?
Choosing to have him serve as a backup to McCoy next season would be incredibly foolish and wasteful and a time share is out of the question because both players have the talent to be feature backs.
Considering the Eagles need plenty of help at other positions, I think it would be very wise to try and trade Brown. The Eagles could certainly use a tall, strong wide receiver in order to complement the speed and shiftiness of current wide-outs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
The one flaw that Brown has shown in his first two starts is a fumbling tendency (3 lost fumbles in 2 games). While this is a concerning trend, raw talent is incredibly rare and ball-handling is a skill that can be taught to a young player with the right kind of guidance.
All I know is, whichever NFL team Brown ends up suiting up for next year will be a very fortunate squad.
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