WHY ONE EXPERT THINKS THE EAGLES HAVE A ‘FRIGHTENING BACKFIELD’

By Jack Ryan

As the Eagles complete their first round of OTAs today, one NFL.com expert thinks the Eagles’ running game will be one of th ebest in the NFL.

Here’s what Bucky Brooks says:

When Chip Kelly traded LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills early this offseason, few expected the Eagles’ running back rotation to eventually improve.

Yet, the Eagles suddenly sport a frightening backfield trio of DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles (above).

Murray is the reigning NFL rushing king and sports a downhill running style that is better suited to Kelly’s zone-based system than McCoy’s shifty approach.

Mathews is a versatile playmaker capable of ripping off 100-yard games as a runner or receiver. The sixth-year pro has battled through a host of injuries throughout his career, but a pair of 1,000-yard seasons illustrate his raw talent.

Sproles is the most explosive returner in the game, but it is his electric talent as a rusher/receiver that scares defensive coordinators around the NFL. In Kelly’s warp-speed offense, the thought of defending a diverse, three-man backfield will induce headaches in defensive meetings.

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