The Philadelphia Eagles made a somewhat surprising and shrewd move on early Saturday afternoon when the shipped running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills. They swapped seventh-round picks in this year’s draft, and also picked up either a fourth-round pick in 2015 or a third-rounder in 2016.
Not a bad haul for Brown, a guy who was a seventh-round pick a few years back. Brown was electric in his first season with the Eagles. He set all sorts of Eagles rookie rushing records and played superb football in replacing LeSean McCoy when he went down with an injury.
His play dropped off this past season though. It was clear that he wasn’t the greatest fit in Chip Kelly‘s system. I believe Kelly likes shifty, quick twitch athletes at the running back position. The addition of Darren Sproles confirms that.
While Brown has game-breaking speed and the ability to take it the distance, he is a north-south runner with not a lot of wiggle in his game. The fact that Eagles GM Howie Roseman could get a fourth or potential third rounder for him is another savvy move on his part.
Look for the Eagles to add a running back either in the draft or potentially in a trade. Two former Oregon Ducks are possibilities. That would be LaMichael James and the electric De’Anthony Thomas. Those two are prototypes of what Kelly wants in a running back with great vision, shiftiness and the knack and ability to go east and west. Kelly is certainly making it clear they type of player he wants for his system.
Expect the purge to continue with Brandon Graham potentially on his way out. This will certainly be a new-look Eagles team in 2014.