Bryce Brown finally had a break out game in Chip Kelly‘s offense. The second-year running back looked as explosive as ever as he dashed his way to 54 yards on only seven carries. Brown has been underutilized this season.
We all remember his phenomenal rookie campaign. He looked like the second coming of Bo Jackson running with power and speed and setting Philadelphia Eagles rookie franchise records in the process. So far, it has been a quiet year for Brown, but he could be a real gem in Kelly’s offense.
The zone-blocking scheme should allow Brown to use his speed and explosiveness to run down hill and churn out yards. So far in his young career, Brown has had a bad habit of trying to turn every run out wide and go for the long play. He needs to learn that not every run can be a home run 80-yard touchdown.
Brown displayed much more patience on Sunday getting what the defense gave him and it paid off. Running back is probably the deepest position on the squad. The Eagles have three talented runners in Brown, LeSean McCoy and Chris Polk.
So far, though, it has been the “Shady” show. He has gotten almost all of the carries. You can’ t blame Kelly the way McCoy has been running. However, with the type of workload he’s receiving, McCoy will inevitably wear down. This is why contributions from guys like Polk and Brown are so crucial. It takes the weight off McCoy’s shoulders and saves his body for the stretch run.
This was a good sign for Brown. He may finally be getting off the ground and grasping this offense. A one-two punch of Brown and McCoy could be the most dangerous in the league.