Earlier today the Philadelphia Eagles made the move to trade backup running back Mike Bell to the Cleveland Browns in return for Jerome Harrison.
This move makes sense for the Eagles, mainly because Bell was not living up to expectations.
Originally Bell was brought into Philadelphia to be the power back behind LeSean McCoy, who is now starting for the Eagles. Over the season it turned out that Bell was not doing as well as the Eagles had hoped, only posting 28 yards on 16 attempts.
So in a move to bring some spark behind McCoy, the Eagles traded for former Browns starting RB Jerome Harrison.
Harrison had a big breakout last year, posting up very impressive numbers. He finished out 2009 with 862 yards and five touchdowns. Harrison averaged 4.4 yards a carry throughout the 2008 year. Harrison was originally benched due to a hip injury, and Browns backup Peyton Hillis stole the starting role.
This trade could mean a few different things. Although the Eagles did not give up much to get Harrison, it could have very important implications.
It is a possibility that the Eagles made the move to acquire a could-be starter because McCoy's rib injury is more serious than it looks. If this is the case, the Eagles could have traded for Harrison knowing that they need a RB who can perform as a reliable starter. The Eagles have not released anything more on McCoy's injury, and as far as we know, he will be starting Sunday against the Falcons.
Of course, there is always the possibility that Andy Reid was worried about McCoy's injury, and if the injury was to worsen, he would be able to have another RB capable of starting. Harrison is definitely a RB that could fill in for an injured starter and be able to carry the team on the ground.
One thing is certain: McCoy is in no danger of losing his starting job. Even with his recent rib injury, he was able to torch the 49ers defense. It wouldn't make any sense for Reid to bring in another guy to take over for McCoy, especially since he is on such a roll this season.
Even though the Eagles now have a dual-threat backfield, McCoy being speed and elusiveness and Harrison being strength and power, McCoy still will be receiving the majority of the snaps. However, I do see excellent potential in Harrison being a third down RB in short to medium length situations.
Besides Leonard Weaver, it has been a long time since the Eagles have had a good power RB, and Harrison fills that empty spot perfectly. It should be very interesting to see what Reid decides to do with Harrison.
I would not be surprised to see Harrison starting against the Falcons just to give McCoy time to rest that rib injury. If Harrison does not start, look for him to take quite a few snaps in an effort to let McCoy heal that rib.
Welcome to Philadelphia, Harrison.