Last night was a mixed bag for the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly said after the game that no position was ready for Week 1 and I think he is dead on with his assessment. Sadly, Nick Foles looked like the only player ready to suit up and he will not be on the field for the first game. Michael Vick seemed to regress slightly with his ball handling and decision-making. The glaring problem, one that could handicap this team for this season, is Bryce Brown and his fumbling.
If I’m Duce Staley, Brown will carry a football everywhere this season. He’ll sleep with it and eat with it. I’ll put a bounty on it for any player to win (sorry Bountygate people). Brown needs to understand the importance of ball security. You can not, bottom line, fumble while running in for a touchdown like he did last night.
Brown has a massive amount of talent. He was drafted without an extensive college career, after being one of the more heralded high school talents in the country. He can move with speed and power, breaking off Bo Jackson-type runs and getting to the second and third level of the opposing defense. He can be a great compliment to LeSean McCoy if he can stop fumbling.
Last night, he repeatedly ran with the ball away from his body. If this doesn’t stop, look for Chris Polk to take his spot in the depth chart. Kelly can’t tolerate another season with ball security issues. Brown is a maddening player for this team. If he can control his problems, he could have a Pro Bowl year. If not, he could find himself on a different team next season. Brown’s career is there for his taking but, if he can’t correct his problem, he will quickly fade out of this league and into a new line of work.