By Peter Gleason
Miles Sanders and Boston Scott more than proved their worth last season for the Eagles.
But when the bell rings on April 23 draft, running back may on the Birds list of options.
They still have Elijah Holyfield, but they have lost Jordan Howard to Miami and they are passing on bring back Corey Clement.
Sanders will represent the closest the Eagles have come to a featured running back under Doug Pederson. His emergence as a No. 1 running allowed them to let Howard sign with Miami, and return Scott and Holyfield from last season’s roster.
Scott showed promise in December and figures to be the front-runner at No. 2 running back, but the Eagles will add at the position.
The draft is a good opportunity to find a complementary running back, and it would make sense for them to draft one on Day 3. Plus, there are always running backs on the market after the draft. (A reunion with Clement is still possible.)
“I think we saw it in the last four games, Miles and Boston and their ability to change the game,” big boss Howie Roseman said last week. “Miles is a dynamic young player, and Boston is an explosive young player who won an NFC Offensive Player of the Week in that Giants game. At the same time, we need to continue to add to that position. We only have three on the roster right now. And in the past few years, we’ve never kept less than five.”
They’re not finished at running back, but don’t expect them to add major competition for Sanders’ snaps. This is Sanders’ backfield.