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|Philadelphia burned a 7th round pick to acquire Brown, a Kansas State product who will need to show some increased maturity in order to make the Eagles roster. Brown would have been taken much higher based on his size and ability but has barely played in two seasons. At 6’0” and 223 pounds, he brings some size to the running back position for the Eagles but that hasn’t been a key concern for Andy Reid with respect to running backs. With 2nd year player Dion Lewis having done little and fellow rookie Carlos Polk a health risk, Brown has a chance to emerge as LeSean McCoy’s backup in 2012. Monitor this situation in training camp.
|Spiller to average 20 touches? -- Mon Jul 14 4:20 pm --|
Bills less concerned about RB depth in 2014
|The bell cow in this quartet, however, is still expected to be C.J. Spiller. After spending a year working with Spiller and understanding where he really excels and how diversified his game can be, OC Nathaniel Hackett is confident he can maximize Spiller’s talents for the offense. And now with an extra pair of backs (as well as Fred Jackson) he can freely maneuver Spiller to any position on the field.
If the offense is operating at peak efficiency, Spiller is likely to touch the ball 20 times a game, they just won’t all be carries out of the backfield. (BuffaloBills.com)|
FF Today's Take: Hackett famously claimed that Spiller would get the ball "until he throws up" last season, so skepticism is natural. However, the additions of Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon may allow Hackett to use Spiller liberally in his up-tempo attack, especially now that his ankle is no longer an issue. It is unlikely Spiller will average 20 touches per game in such a deep backfield, but he should have no problems leading the group by a wide margin if he can stay healthy.
|Bryce Brown adds depth to Bills backfield -- Sun May 11 7:00 am --|
Spiller and Jackson heading into contract years
|The Philadelphia Eagles traded running back Bryce Brown to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. In return for Brown, the Bills will receive a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that can become a 2016 third-round pick. The Bills and Eagles also swapped 2014 seventh-round selections as part of the deal. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Bryce Brown gives the Bills insurance for Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller who are both entering the final year of their contracts. Jackson's age (33) means he likely won't be re-signed in Buffalo next season. Brown's fantasy value remains on hold as the third running back on the Bills depth chart.