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|Polk may be in line for regular touches -- Mon Jul 7 3:55 pm --|
Eagles possibly looking to lessen reliance on McCoy
|One of the few guys on offense who can expand his role in 2014 is Chris Polk, and given the success he had last year, Iíd expect Polk to produce even more as LeSean McCoyís backup than Bryce Brown did last year. Even though the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles this offseason, they almost surely would put the ball in Polkís hands for most of the carries if LeSean McCoy got hurt.
It wouldnít shock me if Polk averaged between six to eight touches per game this coming season. For a guy with 11 NFL carries, thatís a hefty increase. (CSN Philly)|
FF Today's Take: Polk made enough of an impression on the Eagles last year that they were willing to part with Brown. Even so, with McCoy and Sproles in front of him, the six to eight weekly touches probably represents Polk's ceiling than his 2014 if everyone stays relatively healthy. Nevertheless, Polk makes sense as the most likely handcuff for McCoy.
|Sproles running as McCoy's direct backup -- Thu Jun 5 5:20 pm --|
Former Saint has never had more than 93 carries in a season
|Darren Sproles will turn 31 in June and averaged 4.2 yards per carry last season, the second-worst mark of his career. But during the two OTAs that were open to the media, he took almost all the reps with the second team at running back. He's yet to take reps as a slot receiver (from what we've seen). With the Bryce Brown trade, the question of what the Eagles' plan will be should LeSean McCoy go down needs an answer this summer. Given his frame and age, Sproles doesn't seem like a viable option to carry the load; he's never had more than 93 carries in a season. (Philly Mag: Birds 24/7)|
FF Today's Take: McCoy played all 16 games in 2013 for the first time since his rookie year, so the Eagles do need to find his direct backup. Chris Polk was beginning to emerge near the end of the season, but underwent what was reported as "major" shoulder surgery in the offseason. In the event of a long-term McCoy injury, Polk would likely become the lead back and Sproles would remain the passing-down back.