Felix Jones reportedly visited with the Philadelphia Eagles this week, looking to become LeSean McCoy‘s backup after playing as a platoon back (at best) since his college days. Perhaps accepting that he’s not a starting running back will lead to good things for Jones, but do the Eagles need him?
An established running back like Felix Jones seems like an unnecessary luxury for the Eagles, who have additional wholes to fill. There are cheaper options, and McCoy is a three-down back that doesn’t require a shared workload. A legitimate backup could help add longevity to McCoy’s career, but the shifty runner certainly represents a strength for the Eagles.
Jones could fit into Chip Kelly‘s offense as an athletic and speedy runner, but why would the Eagles invest in a backup running back?
The Eagles had one of the worst offensive lines in football last year, which led to Michael Vick getting injured en route to a 4-12 record and another missed postseason. Andy Reid‘s reign in Philadelphia came to an end as a failed defensive system left the Eagles vulnerable. Nnamdi Asomugha was a tremendous bust, and the secondary was a liability.
The Eagles need to address weaknesses in the secondary, particularly given the skill of the wide receivers in this division. Their mediocre linebacking group must improve as well; they need a line that can attack, and their quick-strike offense already has all the players they need.
Sure, Felix Jones could fit the system, but don’t the Eagles have bigger issues to address?