All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy showed off his stellar moves early on, at one point taking a screen pass 22 yards up the right sideline for a touchdown on 3rd-and-10. McCoy left early with a minor thumb injury, but he should be fine for the start of the regular season.
Darren Sproles carried the ball well, totaling 33 rushing yards and a touchdown on six carries. With third-year back Chris Polk nursing a hamstring injury, it was time for the backups to prove their worth. And they did.
Matthew Tucker scored twice, notching 46 yards on 10 carries. He now has four touchdowns this preseason, and that has to garner him serious consideration for a spot as the fourth running back or as the third runner in lieu of Polk.
Newly acquired Kenjon Barner played well in limited action, picking up 32 yards on seven carries. He also took a kick 22 yards. Undrafted rookie Henry Josey turned in a highlight-reel 70-yard touchdown run, although it was wiped out by a holding penalty. Josey still led the team with 48 rushing yards on four carries.
As a unit, the running backs gained 182 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 35 carries, and that’s enough to win any football game.