Chris Polk has been opening eyes at Philadelphia Eagles‘ training camp, as he asserts himself into Chip Kelly’s offense.
Polk, a former high school wide receiver before he converted to running back, has caught everything thrown his way early in camp and has shown a burst to and through the hole when getting carries in practice.
Polk looks to have emerged as the No. 3 running back at the very least. Felix Jones, the other running back competing for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, has been unimpressive early in camp, dropping balls and not looking overly explosive in the run game.
While Polk’s emergence in training camp gives him a leg up in the competition, the preseason games will be key in determining if he wins the job. He should be able to shine when the shoulder pads come on, as he is a running back with a bruising, battering ram type of style that frankly the Eagles haven’t had in a long time.
If Polk can emerge as a short yardage threat this season this gives the Eagles a really impressive stable of running backs. LeSean McCoy is the star, a shifty back who can take it the distance. Bryce Brown is the home run threat and may be the most naturally explosive back on the squad and Polk gives the Eagles a red zone and short yardage back that can punish opposing defenders when given the opportunity.
If there is two things that new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly loves to do it is go fast and run the football. Polk has cut 15 pounds and gotten down to 215 to better suit himself for Kelly’s fast, uptempo style and so far it really seems to be benefiting him. While most people want to focus on the skill positions and the flash and dash of a guy like DeSean Jackson, with this impressive trio of running backs look for the Eagles to run the rock with efficiency this season.