The Philadelphia Eagles made a big and bold move when they traded primary backup running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills for a future draft pick. This must mean that Chip Kelly and the Eagles coaching staff have the utmost confidence in third-year back Chris Polk.
Polk has certainly shown glimpses of greatness on the football field. He runs with power and speed, blowing up defenders in his wake, and when he is really on his game it will remind Eagles fans of Duce Staley in his prime — which is ironic considering Staley is his positional coach.
Polk has all the skills. He was ultra-productive in college, but wear and tear and injury concerns kept him from being drafted. Despite losing Brown who ultimately didn’t fit into Kelly’s system, the Eagles still have an impressive stable of backs with elite back LeSean McCoy leading the way.
The addition of Darren Sproles gives the Eagles a whole different dimension at the position due to his ability to play in the slot and even out wide almost as a quasi running back/wide receiver. Polk is the bruiser. He’s the guy who can get you those tough two or three yards and convert a third-and-short.
There’s no doubt that despite losing the ultra-talented Brown, the Eagles are still looking solid at the running back spot. It will be up to Polk to shoulder more of a load this year, and I don’t foresee that being a problem for the young man. In fact watch out for Polk as a breakout candidate in 2014.