One bright spot for the Eagles over the last few years has been running back LeSean McCoy. His production and unassuming demeanor add to his role as a cornerstone of the future of this franchise.
Enter Bryce Brown.
The rookie running back picked up his first career NFL start and—other than his two third-quarter fumbles—did not disappoint. In fact, he exceeded expectations and it appears the Eagles have found a viable backup when McCoy makes his return to the field.
Does Brown's emergence allow the Eagles to ease McCoy back into action?
Though in a another loss—Philadelphia's seventh straight—Brown's 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns are both season highs for the Eagles.
In a season that has seen few positives, Brown's emergence should be looked at as something this franchise can lean on while transitioning into 2013.
While there are plenty of areas that need to be addressed, the Eagles must begin to determine who will be around after this season. It is certainly hard to find a silver lining when things are going so badly, but Philadelphia is now afforded the proper time and justification to begin that evaluation process.
Though McCoy provides the Eagles with the best chance to win, it is obvious that victories are fruitless this season. But stumbling upon a potential long-term complement in Brown will only benefit this team moving forward.
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