I generally find most of what Pro Football Focus puts out as B.S, unless it speaks glowingly about my team, then I love it.
Yesterday, they put out a tweet breaking down the Eagles running back situation and really, it made me even more excited for the upcoming season. Take a look:
With the addition of LeGarrette Blount, the Philadelphia Eagles have a bevy of choices to man their backfield in 2017. pic.twitter.com/3QaBYCUg5W
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 1, 2017
This isn’t even factoring in what Donnel Pumphrey is going to bring the table, which I’m not exactly sure of. Could he be like what Tyreek Hill was for the Chiefs last year or what Dexter McCluster was for a little bit there? I don’t know, but Pumphrey is a guy that has always been electric with the ball in his hands and I think the mantra of this Eagles offense is, “Get the ball in the hands of your playmakers and go from there,” and that’s a good plan given the weapons they’re trotting out there.
But this post is about the Eagles running backs and why I’m even more excited than usual when it comes to them. Yes, it looked bleak there for a little bit before the Blount signing. Was I talking myself into Wendell Smallwood being our three-down back? Maybe… But nevertheless, Blount is here and we should all be excited for that.
See Detroit in Week 4 and Vikings in Week 6 of last season. Both games had Ryan Mathews 4th quarter fumbles and from those moments on the Eagles couldn’t trust a running back on the roster late in games. Enter in Blount, who I know fumbled in the Super Bowl, but is a guy that has had sure hands for his entire career. He will be the power closer and finisher that this team has lacked for the last couple of seasons. Also, 42 missed tackles for a 250 pound linebacker, err running back is insane. The big man is agile.
We know what Sproles can do and what he will do in 2017. He’ll be lethal catching the ball out of the backfield and and will continue making clutch runs for this football team. The good thing is that with the added weapons, Sproles won’t be on the field for nearly half of their plays like he was last season. Blount should shoulder some of that load along with Smallwood, Pumphrey and even Corey Clement.
Finally, the Smallwood part of the tweet, which is… something? I don’t know it was 4 weeks of data but I guess it’s a good thing. I think Smallwood could be okay, but he’s not built like a true 1 and isn’t that dynamic catching the ball out of the field. I think he’ll be a solid rotational piece for a long time, but I don’t see him as much more than that. I’d live with him being our Correll Buckhalter.
Basically, I feel as if the Eagles running back situation will give them the ability to zig when defenses zag and that alone has me even more excited.