The Philadelphia Eagles are at the beginning of a new chapter in their history and there’s not a much better place to begin than with LeSean McCoy. New head coach Chip Kelly had to be salivating just thinking about scripting plays that would provide Shady with some open running room and creativity to do what he does best, make people miss. Although it’s tough to look past the Eagles’ All-Pro running back, with the depth that Kelly has at the position, there is plenty more to be excited about.
McCoy will be just the first option for Kelly as far as carrying the ball is concerned. His versatility will allow for him to be spread wide at times, creating matchup mayhem for opposing defenses. Plus, the other candidates at running back are no slouches.
Bryce Brown proved last year, in McCoy’s absence, that he can carry the load when asked. Claiming two of the team’s top 15 single game rushing totals in just four starts in his rookie season, Brown shows promise and a lot of upside as far as the future is concerned. He will be counted on in Kelly’s spread offense to provide another weapon and keep the tempo moving.
In the offseason, the Eagles added more depth and experience by signing free agent Felix Jones. Jones, who formerly spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, provides another multifaceted option at the position. His ability to both run and receive is especially attractive in the spread offense, and it would not be a surprise to see him pop up in the return game from time to time. The experience he provides to a young group will be exponentially underestimated.
Finally, Chris Polk, who the Eagles signed as a free agent in 2012, has had a stellar training camp thus far, throwing himself into the conversation as well. Although it is a large ladder to climb, don’t count Polk out on getting some carries that could be impactful on the season. Polk brings power to the running game and has been impressive catching the ball as well, leaving the Eagles with some decisions to make and another option behind McCoy.
Regardless of the number of running backs on the roster at the end of camp, the Eagles will have depth, versatility and experience at the position. It’s a great place for coach Kelly to begin building success.