It took only a week for the Philadelphia Eagles to find a willing suitor for RB Dion Lewis after they recently placed him on the trading block following a duo of very unimpressive seasons.
Lewis was shipped off to the Cleveland Browns earlier this week in exchange for LB Emmanuel Acho, who was drafted in the sixth round of last year’s 2012 NFL Draft out of the University of Texas. Due to a season-ending leg injury suffered prior to the start of last season, Acho will actually be playing his first NFL snaps with the Eagles in 2013 (assuming he makes the final 53-man squad).
While Lewis will still be a backup on the Browns, as rookie RB Trent Richardson is the clear-cut franchise back in Cleveland, he will certainly see more playing time with his new team.
Eagles RB Bryce Brown is much to blame for Lewis’ demise in Philly after Brown put together two incredible back-to-back performances while filling in for starting RB LeSean McCoy last season as a rookie. Brown had already entered the 2012 regular season as the Eagles’ second-stringer, but his role was largely solidified after he showed several glimmers of brilliance in the midst of the Eagles’ miserable 4-12 season. It became clear early on that Brown was in need of some serious help in the ball-security department, but Birds’ fans are hoping that his talent will outweigh his fumbling woes.
But even though Brown plays an important part in the Eagles’ backfield, head coach Chip Kelly certainly lost an elusive, lightning-quick runner when Lewis was sent away. Lewis has yet to put together many highlights during his two-year NFL tenure, but he certainly has the potential and ability to make a difference in the league.
Needless to say, the Eagles are going to have to try and snatch up a shifty little burner in this month’s 2013 NFL Draft so they have somebody to spell McCoy and Brown.
In Kelly’s offense, speed is the name of the game, and the Eagles will benefit greatly from hand-selecting a youthful offensive weapon early on in the draft.
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