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If LeSean McCoy goes down with a serious injury, the Philadelphia Eagles may survive after all. It seems that no matter which running back plays, he produces serious yards.
A week after compiling 182 rushing yards and three touchdowns, the Eagles put up 276 ground yards and two more touchdowns. That’s over 450 yards in a two-week span, which means the NFL’s No. 1 rushing offense from 2013 is already in midseason form.
McCoy and Darren Sproles didn’t dress, and third-string running back Chris Polk missed the contest with a hamstring injury. Kenjon Barner contributed with 21 yards on five carries, and Matthew Tucker added 39 on six rushes, but each departed early with minor injuries.
That means it was undrafted rookie Henry Josey who stole the show.
Josey rushed 22 times for 121 yards, averaging an impressive 5.5 yards per clip. Josey’s long was just 18 yards, meaning he consistently gained positive yardage and gave the Eagles excellent field position. He even had a 33-yard run called back due to a holding penalty, meaning Josey actually topped 150 rushing yards.
Wide receiver Damaris Johnson played again in the Sproles role, rushing five times for 69 yards, including a 46-yard run in which he looked like a reincarnation of De’Anthony Thomas or Tavon Austin.
Chip Kelly will have a difficult decision ahead of him. Polk, Tucker, Barner and Josey are likely fighting for two spots. Polk seemed to be a safe bet, but his injury may make him a candidate for short-term injured reserve.
Tucker has scored four times thus far in preseason, which could elevate him to the 53-man roster. The Eagles did trade for Barner, but the draft pick only becomes guaranteed if he makes the team and plays in four games, and that’s now looking doubtful. Josey should at least get a spot on the practice squad, if not the actual roster.