EAGLES FAILED TO GET A TOP BACK, SO GET READY FOR THE COMMITTEE!

By Mary Cunningham

The Sam Bradford/Chase Daniel/Carson Wentz quarterback competition has dominated speculation at Eagles’ mini-camp.

But there’s no competition to be the No. 1 running back.

That’s because there will be no No. 1 running back.

That’s the word from coach Doug Pederson, who said that while Ryan Mathews (above) is capable of being an every down back, the team is planning on Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood all sharing carries with Mathews and all playing a part in the offense.

“Well, you go in thinking that one guy can handle the load,” Pederson said. “If that’s Ryan, he can handle all the stuff and the pounding. But with the guys we have, with the depth we have at that position, Darren is obviously a big part of that and now with Wendell coming on, I think it could be a little bit of a running back by committee.”

Last year the Eagles entered the season with DeMarco Murray as the clear No. 1 running back. That didn’t work out too well, and Murray has been traded to Tennessee. This year Pederson plans a more equitable split of playing time.

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