Backup RB Bryce Brown Could Man Goal-Line, Short-Yardage Duties for Philadelphia Eagles

By Joe Doris
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It is certainly rare for a flat-out stud running back like LeSean McCoy to exit the field for anything but the occasional gasp of air, but when you consider his fragile, pint-sized frame, the Philadelphia Eagles may be looking for another back to take on the goal-line and short-yardage duties.

Well, Chip Kelly, look no further.

Currently seated in the number two spot of the Eagles’ running backs depth chart is Bryce Brown, who spent his 2012 rookie season with the Birds last year. And even though Brown was not hand selected by Kelly, considering the new Eagles head coach was hired following the 2012 campaign, it does not mean that the former high-school phenom should be shoved aside.

While Brown is hardly a bruiser by any means, he has the stocky body-frame and low-to-the-ground running style necessary to produce close to the end-zone.

Brown surely had an interesting rookie campaign last season, as he showed endless NFL potential at some points, but also displayed a very concerning tendency to cough up the football.

In his first two NFL starts combined, Brown scampered for a remarkable 347 rushing yards, while also tacking on an amazing four rushing touchdowns. But questions about his true potential arose once again when he followed up this duo of fantastic performances with a set of miserable showings, rushing for a total of 40 yards on 28 carries during the next two games.

The Eagles decided to bring former Dallas Cowboys RB Felix Jones aboard earlier this month in an attempt to give their backfield some much needed depth.

But Jones is a tiny, shifty scat-back (similar to McCoy) who is not built to handle the short-yardage game. So, it is safe to say that it is down-right logical for the Eagles to implant Brown into the role of goal-line back.


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