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In LeSean McCoy, the Philadelphia Eagles have an All-Pro back, one capable of taking over a game as he did in the Snow Bowl win over the Detroit Lions.
Behind McCoy, the depth may be questionable. Bryce Brown was shipped to the Buffalo Bills, which leaves veteran Darren Sproles and third-year back Chris Polk. Sproles is a perfect player for Chip Kelly’s offense, as he can line up at multiple spots on the field. He isn’t so much of a runner, but he will catch 50-60 passes.
Polk would handle the running back duties if McCoy went down, which would be a big upgrade in Polk’s workload from last year. Polk has just 11 career carries to his name, but his 8.9 yards-per-carry average is pretty impressive. He’s a sure bet to make the roster, considering it’s his third training camp with the team.
There’s a trio of backs vying for the fourth running back spot—Matthew Tucker, Henry Josey and David Fluellen. Tucker is a second-year player who spent most of 2013 on the practice squad, although he did appear on the active roster for a few games. Josey and Fluellen are undrafted rookies who will need to make a strong impact in camp, although their best bet is on special teams.
Then again, Kelly may not go with four running backs. Last year, the Eagles broke camp with just three halfbacks. If Kelly does keep more, that fourth back position will probably be dedicated to special teams.
Projected Depth Chart
LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker