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Should Eagles sign veteran running back with Miles Sanders injured? Devonta Freeman among 3 options


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Should Eagles sign veteran running back with Miles Sanders injured? Devonta Freeman among 3 options


The Eagles are light at the running back position after second-year playmaker Miles Sanders suffered a lower-body injury during the first week of padded training camp practices.

The team announced the "week-to-week” ailment on Wednesday following two contact-heavy workouts. While the Eagles aren’t concerned about Sanders’ absence stretching into the regular season, his backup, Boston Scott, is also on the shelf with a lower-body injury. Scott’s condition is "day-to-day,” but even if he were to be limited in practice throughout the rest of the week, the Eagles would have only four healthy running backs on their roster.

Eagles running backs coach/assistant head coach Duce Staley has praised Corey Clement, Adrian Killins, Mike Warren and Elijah Holyfield individually over the past two weeks. However, while Staley said he is happy with the talent in his room, three of those four players have yet to take a regular-season snap in the NFL. Adding another experienced running back, even just to compete for a job this summer, would help with the practice workflow and push the remaining talent to prove themselves over the next three weeks.

If the Eagles can find a running back at the right price, it would be a smart move to add another pair of legs to the backfield, at least for the remainder of training camp.

Here are three veteran running back options for the Eagles to consider:

1. Devonta Freeman

Freeman is the high-priced option of this trio. While signing Freeman would be a departure from the Eagles’ philosophy on spending at the running back position, he would be a massive upgrade behind Sanders, if healthy. Freeman has been used in a running back rotation throughout his career, and he would fit in well with Sanders, Scott and Clement in the Eagles’ backfield.

2. Theo Riddick

Riddick has a history with both defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello. Riddick spent last season with Scangarello in Denver, and he began his career in Detroit with Schwartz. Riddick could provide a third-down complement to Sanders and Scott while competing with Clement for playing time. Riddick, like Freeman, would need to prove he was healthy in a workout, as he missed all of last season with a shoulder injury.

3. Isaiah Crowell

Crowell, like Riddick, missed all of last season with an injury. Crowell tore his Achilles last summer and is now over a year removed from surgery. At just 27, Crowell should still have plenty of tread left on his tires. If he can prove he is healthy, Crowell would provide the proven punch up-the-middle that the Eagles seem to lack in their running back rotation. Perhaps, Crowell could become the new LeGarrette Blount.


I'd give the young guys a chance but I would have Freeman on speed dial ready to go. 

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2 hours ago, 20dawk4life said:

I’ve been wanting Crowell for a long time. 

I think he'd be relatively cheap too right? Vet minimum weigh incentives type deal?

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