After a strong rookie season, Miles Sanders projects to be the Eagles’ starting running back for 2020. However, Jordan Howard’s leaving for Miami put the Eagles in a situation where they don’t have a reliable power back. Corey Clement and Boston Scott are both locks to make the team. However, the Eagles don’t have any other running backs with an NFL carry to their name. If the Eagles choose to sign another back, here are four intriguing options.
Quietly, Carlos Hyde had the best season of his career in 2019 with Houston, racking up 1,070 rushing yards and six touchdowns. What has that netted him so far? Nothing. Despite being only 30 years old, Hyde remains on the free agency market. Hyde doesn’t bring much to the table as a pass-catcher but would help in goal-to-go situations. Out of all the remaining free-agent running backs, Hyde’s skillset most closely matches Jordan Howard’s.
On paper, Devonta Freeman‘s name is the one that jumps out to people. However, Freeman has played poorly and battled injuries the past two seasons. After playing just two games in 2018, Freeman had the worst year of his career easily in 2019, averaging 3.6 yards per carry. With his elite vision, Freeman brings a skill set very similar to Jay Ajayi, who played an integral role for the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl team. However, injuries appear to have taken a significant toll on Freeman’s body. If he’s willing to sign for cheap, Freeman may be worth a flier.
As a die-hard Eagles fan, I’ll always have a soft spot for LeSean McCoy. However, this reunion just may not be meant to be. McCoy doesn’t have the speed he once had and was a healthy scratch for the Chiefs Super Bowl 54 win. McCoy has expressed interest in returning, but Howie Roseman has been trying to make this team younger. Hopefully, when Shady does retire, he’ll sign a one day contract and retire as an Eagle.
Another Eagles reunion? Wendell Smallwood showed flashes of potential during his three-year run in Philly but was never able to carve out a consistent role with the Eagles. With Philly, Smallwood had 233 carries for 931 yards and five touchdowns. After being cut by Philly last year, Smallwood played with the Redskins last season and barely played. This reunion seems unlikely but could be a low-cost option for the Eagles.
It will be interesting to see if the Eagles make a move to acquire another running back before the start of next season.
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